Mar 10: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah turned 50 on
Tuesday and spent the day at Hari Nivas here where he has been under detention
for the last seven months.
under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), Omar had a quiet day in the
sub-jail not far from his residence on Gupkar road. His mother, sisters and
some other members of the family met him for some time in the afternoon.
father and five time chief minister Farooq Abdullah, himself a PSA detainee,
could not meet his son on his special day.
Abdullahs have been in detention since August 5 following abrogation of special
status and bifurcation of erstwhile state into two union territories.
his 50th birthday, the Twitter handle of Omar saw a message from his sister
Sara Abdullah Pilot who said she would be temporarily managing the account.
looked after by Sara Abdullah Pilot to keep track of my brother’s mentions
& DMs. Will restore the a/c to its original owner as soon as he’s
out,” the bio on Omar’s account reads.
Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha and
NCP Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule were among those who greeted Omar on his
birthday on social networking site. Omar has grown a long salt and pepper beard
and is almost unrecognisable judging by a couple of photographs that have
surfaced on social media in recent weeks triggering mostly anger and anguish
from netizens. The pictures showed him smiling in a snow-covered jacket and
sporting an unkempt greyish beard.
Supreme court is hearing a petition of Sara Pilot challenging Omar’s detention
under the PSA. The hearing is slated for next week.
political career of Omar began at the age of 28 when he became a Lok Sabha and
was youngest minister inducted in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Cabinet in 2000 when
he was appointed Minister of State for external affairs and later as commerce.
who was the chief minister of the state from 2009 to 2014, rose to fame in 2008
with his famous five-minute speech at Parliament when he, despite being in
opposition, supported the Indo-US nuclear deal.
am a Muslim and I am an Indian,” he said. “And I see no distinction
between the two. I don’t know why should I fear the nuclear deal. It is a deal
between the two countries which, I hope, will become two equals in the
had said and warned that the enemy of Indian Muslims was not America or deals
the PSA dossier and grounds for his detention served on him late on February 6
last month accused him of having “considerable influence” over people
including ability to get voters during poll boycott calls and potential for
diverting energies of public for any cause.
the fact that he was able to convince electorates to vote in huge numbers even
during the peak of militancy and poll boycotts has been mentioned in the
dossier prepared by the police to detain him under the PSA.
grounds also mention his comments on social networking sites to instigate
common people against the decision on 370 and 35-A which had the potential of
disturbing public order.
the police have neither mentioned any of Omar’s social media posts in the
dossier nor in the order for grounds of his detention.
the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us…….stay safe
and above all please stay calm,” was the last few tweets of Omar before he
was taken to Hari Nivas for preventive detention.