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Signs of govt readying deal for release of Abdullahs | Press24-India News

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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 the state of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status on August 5 last year and later bifurcated into two Union Territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The J&K government, meanwhile, revoked the detention warrants on Friday 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 immediately review the curbs imposed in the state while saying the freedom of speech and conducting business on the Internet are protected under the Constitution. Meanwhile, Vietnamese ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, one of 15 foreign envoys visiting J&K, said: “I see normalcy in daily life of the people, which is a very positive sign. We have interacted with different groups and the feeling from those groups is that they are very happy with the current situation.”

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