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  • Many political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the three former chief ministers, were detained on August 5, the day the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of the state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

    Ishfaq Jabbar, former legislator, and Ghulam Nabi Bhat of National Conference, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, former legislator, and Bashir Ahmad Mir of People’s Democratic Party and Yasir Reshi, a former PDP legislator who rebelled against the party and was close to J&K People’s Conference, were released on Monday.

    “I was concerned about the health of my mother, but nobody was listening. The hut she was kept in had cracked windows and there was no adequate heating arrangement,” Iltija Mufti, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, told ET. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti along with former CMs Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, has been in detention since August 5.

    "The Muslim infiltrators from Pakistan and Bangladesh should be driven out of India. There should be no doubt about that. But it is amusing to see a party changing its flag for it," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. It added that the MNS is unlikely to achieve anything from its new Hindutva stand as Shiv Sena had never shed its saffron colour.

    The Kashmiri political leaders including Farooq Abdulalh, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti who have been under detention since August 5 might be released sooner and may be allowed to move out of the valley on health grounds, the government officials said. Some of them were allowed to visit their houses for few hours on Saturday on request.

    "As many as 2,30,418 persons used the internet facilities across 10 districts of Kashmir valley," said the report provided by the Union territory to the home ministry.

    Alok Kumar said the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was a step towards its full integration into India and democracy to bloom.

    Opposition leaders also raised the issue of MPs not being allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of its special status, whereas parliamentarians from Europe have been taken to the state, with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury describing the EU delegation as "bhade ke tattu" (hirelings).

    Barring Farooq Abdullah, all former CMs retain their rent-free government bungalows in Srinagar's fortified Gupkar Road neighbourhood.

    The name of the 81-year-old former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah and National Conference leader, in detention at his Srinagar home for over 100 days, tops the list of members of the 21-member consultative committee on defence headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

    A PDP delegation from Jammu will meet party president Mehbooba Mufti, who is currently under detention in Srinagar, on Monday, a senior part...

    The Peoples Democratic Party leadership in Jammu on Monday sought a fresh permission from the governor administration to meet detained party president Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar, a party leader said.

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