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Government agreement in works for Abdullahs’ release? Indian News


SRINAGAR: There were strong indications on Friday, a day after foreign envoys arrived in Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation, that the government was drawing up an agreement where the deputy and the president of the Farooq Abdullah National Conference and their son, MLA and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah, would be released from detention in exchange for their promise that they would take a break from active politics for a while.

Well-placed government sources said the offer was being prepared and that the Abdullahs can be addressed.

A government source said one idea was to find a way to push the Abdullahs to move to the UK for a while.

Sources said the two could, however, run their party’s affairs through “agents in J&K UT.”

The Abdullahs have been detained since J&K was stripped of his special status on 5 August last year and later forked into two Union Territories.

26 detainees released

This came even when the J&K government revoked the arrest warrants for 26 people on Friday, including Nazi lawyer Ahmad Ronga of Nishat.

Ronga, former president of the Kashmir Bar Association, is a close associate of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a separatist who is president of his Hurriyat Conference faction.

The repeal of the provisions of the J&K Public Safety Act of 1978 against 26 came hours after the Supreme Court ordered the J&K administration to review the sidewalks imposed on the UT while saying that freedom of expression and the realization of n internet are protected without the Constitution.

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