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Mehbooba’s detention unjustified, out of spite: Omar


Srinagar: Former J&K CM and vice-president National Conference Omar Abdullah Sunday said the ongoing eight-month long detention of his political counterpart Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders including his senior party man Ali Mohammad Sagar was “immoral and unjustified.”
He said the government had detained them “out of spite.”
“In all the #Covid_19 news let’s not lose sight of the fact that today @MehboobaMufti, Sagar Sahib & others complete 8 months of a totally immoral & unjustified detention. The government has detained them out of spite simply because it could get away with it,” tweeted Omar.

Last month, Omar was released after more than 200 days of detention which, for him and the likes of him, had begun right before the government of India abrogated Article 370, and downgraded and divided J&K into two union territories in August last year.
On Saturday, Omar said he will only open up on how he felt about Article 370 abrogation and division of the erstwhile state once the ongoing crisis of coronavirus is over.
Omar, who on Saturday morning, had called for restoration of statehood and conduct of elections, must have felt his political comments didn’t fit with the ongoing extraordinary times when an epidemic is devouring people in thousands and has rattled the entire world.
“Delhi made a mistake notifying the domicile rules during this time of crisis & I made a mistake getting sucked in to this debate at a time when it’s wrong to let politics distract from the #COVID19 fight. I haven’t spoken my mind about 5/8/2019 yet but I will when this is over,” Omar later tweeted.
“For the time being, regardless of the provocation, I’ll focus on the battle at hand. Twitter is anyway the wrong place to talk about what I feel about 5/8/2019 until I’m able to find a platform for a detailed explanation of thoughts/feelings/plans,” his other tweet read.