PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released after 14 months of detention

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released after 14 months of detention”

After being released on Tuesday, Mehbooba tweeted a short audio message to her supporters.

She was first detained under sections 107 and 151 of CrPC but later booked under the controversial Public Safety Act.

Former Chief Minister and Mehbooba's opponent Omar Abdullah welcomed her release from detention, tweeting, "I am pleased to hear that Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba has been released after more than a year in detention. Detention can't be forever", the bench observed, while posting the matter for hearing on October 15 after filing of the fresh reply of the UT administration to the amended plea of Iltija.

Soon after the announcement of Mufti's release, National Conference vice president and former chief minister of the erstwhile state of J&K Omar Abdullah congratulated her.

Sources in the government said Mufti's release was delayed as she was not ready to show any flexibility on the events of August 5 previous year. However, they were released earlier this year in March but thousands of Kashmiris continue to languish in jails.

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Her daughter Iltija expressed happiness that her mother was finally released from detention, which she alleged was "illegal, unlawful and a complete traversity of justice".

The other three former chief ministers have since been released but numerous roughly 8,000 other detainees, including some politicians, remain in custody. Her detention period had been extended for a period of three months on July 31 this year. Her continued detention was a travesty & was against the basic tenets of democracy. In her message, Mufti also said, "All this time, the black decision of the black day of August 5, 2019 wounded my soul".

People's Democratic Party sources said she was informed about her release in the evening. None among us can ever forget the political heist and insult on that day, Mufti said. And now we all have to remember what the federal government did on August 5 - illegally and undemocratically. "This is not an easy task though", said Mehbooba. "People also need to keep struggling for the solution of Jammu and Kashmir, which has led to sacrificing thousands of lives", Ms. Mufti said.

Politicians have started talks to chalk out their political strategy following the release of several pro-India leaders in recent months from detention.

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