Srinagar: BJP leader and former J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh Friday welcomed the release of Farooq Abdullah and hoped the NC president will “refrain from anti-national rhetoric”.
Talking to Kashmir News Service, Singh welcomed the revocation of PSA against the senior Abdullah, who was Friday released after over 7-month detention under the stringent Act. Farooq was detained right before Article 370 was abrogated and J&K bifurcated into two UTs in August last year.
“Government may have taken the decision after considering the current situation. I welcome the release of Dr Farooq,” Singh said.
He added: “I hope going forward Dr Farooq will shun anti-national rhetoric which instigates people towards violence and causes law and order problems”.
Singh said that everyone has a right to reach out to society but “if one misleads the society like Dr Farooq did in recent past while giving anti-national statements, then he should keep it in mind that detention is the second home of such people.”
“Dr Farooq’s release is a good step and I hope he will contribute in strengthening the roots of democracy under the principles of Indian Constitution. He should avoid pushing people to violence.”Asked about the release of other mainstream politicians, Singh said, “It is Government’s decision after taking stock of the situation.” (KNS)