Detention revoked My father is a free man again says Farooq Abdullah's daughter Safia
Farooq Abdullah's daughter needed just seven words to sum up her mood when the veteran Kashmir leader was ordered released today: "My father is a free man again."
My father is a free man again.— Safia Abdullah Khan (@safiakhan71) March 13, 2020
A former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state -- now bifurcated -- the National Conference leader was held on August 5, 2019, under the Public Safety Act, a 1978 law enacted by his father, Sheikh Abdullah, to check timber smuggling.
The PSA allows detention without trial for up to two years and is often described as a draconian measure.
The detention of Farooq Abdullah, 82, his son Omar Abdullah and other leaders coincided with the scrapping of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state's special status, as well as a provision limiting propety rights in the region. The government said the move -- which infuriated Pakistan -- was meant to correct a "historic wrong".
Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister like his father and grandfather, is still in detention. So is Mehbooba Mufti, an ex-CM from a rival outfit, the Peoples Democratic Party.
Both of them are currently being detained under the Public Safety Act.
On February 10, Sara Abdullah Pilot -- Omar and Safia's sister -- challenged her brother's detention in the Supreme Court under the PSA.