The Indian government has freed veteran politician Farooq Abdullah who was detained seven months ago following the revocation of Kashmir’s special status.
Abdullah and two other top leaders were arrested when the Muslim-majority region was put under a strict military and communication lockdown.
Speaking after his release, the 82-year-old politician said he will be able to go to Delhi and attend Parliament and speak for his people. He hopes the government of India will take action to release everyone still in detention. His son Omar Abdullah, also a top politician, is still in detention.
An order to release Mr. Abdullah was issued on Friday by Kashmir’s principal home secretary Shaleen Kabra.