Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti was, on Tuesday, released from detention that began after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year.
Soon after the release, Mufti took to Twitter and posted an audio message with a symbolic black screen saying, “I’ve been released after more than a year. During this time, I’ve always thought about the centre’s cruel decision of abrogating article 370. The government will have to give back the special status and take steps to release those who are languishing in jails in several parts of the country. I know it won’t be easy, but we all have to fight back.”
Earlier, her daughter Iltija Mufti took to her official Twitter handle confirmed the news saying – “As Ms Mufti’s illegal detention finally comes to an end, I’d like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all. This is Iltija signing off. May Allah protect you (sic).”
“PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” Jammu and Kashmir Administration Spokesperson Rohit Kansal told news agency ANI. Mufti had been placed under detention at her residence which was converted into jail after the abrogation of Article 370.
Mufti’s release came days after the Supreme Court, last month, pulled the administration questioning how long she could be kept under detention. Hearing a petition seeking Mufti’s release, the top court had, on September 29, said that detention cannot be forever.
“The detention order based on stale grounds have become staler even more since the petition was filed and the respondent administration has continued to act with total non-application of mind and the malice in law has only been reinforced and aggravated in confirming and extending the order of detention for further periods,” the plea by Mufti’s daughter Iltija had said.
“Find some via media out. Detention can’t be forever,” an SC bench had said while hearing the petition.
Mufti and several other leaders including former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and others were detained after the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370 and revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. While Abdullahs were released earlier, Mufti was the only top leader to remain under detention for so long.