Govt deal in works for release of Abdullahs? | Press24-India 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 working out a deal where MP and National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah and his 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 readied and the Abdullahs may be approached. A top government source said one idea was to find a way to nudge the Abdullahs to move for a while to the UK. The sources said the two could, however, run their party’s affairs through “agents in the UT of J&K”. The Abdullahs have been in detention since J&K was stripped of its special status on August 5 last year and later bifurcated into two Union Territories. 26 detainees released This came even as the J&K government on Friday revoked the detention warrants of 26 people, including senior lawyer Nazir Ahmad Ronga of Nishat. Ronga, a former Kashmir bar Association president, is a close associate of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a separatist who is chairman of his faction of the Hurriyat Conference. The revocation of the provisions of the J&K Public Safety Act of 1978 against the 26 came hours after the Supreme Court directed the J&K administration to review the curbs imposed in the UT while saying the freedom of speech and conducting business on the internet are protected under the Constitution .
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