Political parties and individual politicians Tuesday welcomed the release of National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah and demanded immediate release of all Kashmiri prisoners.
Dr Farooq Abdullah:
“I am glad to see him out from the detention, which has lasted for around eight months. Total redemption of the situation is not possible until all political detainees and others are not released at once. I express my gratitude to those people, politicians, parliamentarians, who have all along been seeking his release,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said.
NC leaders including Members of Parliament welcomed the release. They also demanded immediate release of NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar Amd other leaders.
Members of Parliament Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi welcomed the release of party’s vice-president. Party’s additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, provincial secretary Showkat Mir, spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar besides Sara Hayat Khan, District President Peer Afaq Ahmad, YNC President Salman Ali Sagar, YNC Vice president Ahsan Pardesi, Women’s wing provincial President Er Sabiya Qadri, Minority wing organizer J S Azad, Legal Cell functionaries welcomed his release.
Ghulam Nabi Azad:
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, welcomed the release of Omar Abdullah.
“I am extremely happy that ultimately Mr. Omar Abdullah has been released after nearly eight months of detention by the Central Government. This detention was totally undemocratic and uncalled for. I urge the Government of India to also immediately release Mrs. Mehbooba Mufti and hundreds of other political detainees who are either in Jammu & Kashmir or in jails of different parts of the country especially in view of the coronavirus crisis.” Azad said.
Azad added that it’s high time that the Government realises its mistake and restores the Statehood of Jammu & Kashmir. He further elaborated that the Government must also give back the exclusive rights on lands and services and the constitutional and democratic rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir as before August 2019.
Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, president JK Apni Party also welcomed the release of former CM Omar Abdullah.
In a statement, Bukhari termed the revocation of the PSA against Omar a significant move that will help in making the situation more conducive in Jammu and Kashmir.
He demanded that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and hundreds of political activists currently detained in and outside Valley jails be freed especially in view of the coronavirus.
Devender Singh Rana:
National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana welcomed the release of Omar Abdullah, describing it a step in right direction.
“It is a defining moment that will go a long way in further strengthening democracy and initiating genuine political activities in Jammu and Kashmir”, Rana said in a statement.
Rana expressed the hope that release of Mr Omar Abdullah will lead to release of all other political leaders against whom there are no criminal charges. This is imperative for generating an atmosphere of trust and creating conducive conditions to resume healthy political discourse in the larger interest of the people, he said.
Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday welcomed the release of Omar Abdullah and has demand the release of their party president and other political leaders.
“It is welcome step,” PDP leaders said in a statement and demanded immediate of Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders.
The leaders who welcomed the release of Omar Abdullah form detention are PDP secretary Abdul Hameed Kohseen, Haji Parvaiz Ahmad, Arif Laigroo, Abdul Qayoom Bhat, Rouf Bhat, Nazir Khan, Dr Ali Muhammad, Mohsin Qayoom, Bashir Beigh.
Welcoming the release of former CM Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) today reiterated the demand for the release of all mainstream leaders and political activists under detention including house arrests besides lifting of unwarranted and undemocratic curbs and restrictions on the Congress leaders and others forthwith and allowing 4G services in Jammu and Kashmir.
JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said that it was already expected in view of the observations of the apex court and the consistent pressure of the opposition parties.
“Omar”s release is a step to correct one wrong among many wrongs. Though late, the decision is a welcome one. In the wake of spread of deadly coronavirus, the government should release all the detainees who were detained after August 5, including PDP president and former CM Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir People”s Movement chief Shah Faesal,” CPI (M) secretary Ghulam Nabi Maki said in a statement.
Peoples Conference also welcomed Omar”s release and demanded the release of its chairman Sajad Lone. “We at @jkpc welcome the release of Omar Abdullah. We demand the release of @sajadlone and @mehboobamufti. We also strongly demand the release of hundreds of others detained under PSA. @jkpc demands the release of our workers being held under PSA on Srinagar Central Jail and jails outside J&K,” Imran Reza Ansari of JKPC wrote on his Twitter page.
While PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter also welcomed the release of Omar, at the same time she said it seems the regime fears the women. “Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most (sic),” Iltija wrote on Mehbooba”s Twitter handle.
“After eight long months of totally unjustifiable detention, we welcome the release of Omar Abdullah. Immediately, Mehbooba Mufti, Shah Faesal and thousands of others detained in and outside J&K must be freed. Given the nation-wide clampdown over COVID19, this is an imperative. Internet, the lifeline for support and information at a time like this, cannot be limited in Kashmir. They should get full, unfettered and speedy access to the net,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said in a statement.
Welcoming the release of Omar Abdullah, Secretary CPI(M) Ghulam Nabi Malik on Tuesday urged the government to release political leaders, activists and civil society members, who were detained arbitrarily after August 5, 2019.
Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen welcomed the release of Omar Abdullah. In a statement, Yaseen has urged for the release of Mehbooba Mufti, Shah Faisal, Sajad Gani Lone alongwith all other political leaders and youth.