In photos: Farooq Abdullah released after 7 months

Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, who was released after seven long months under house arrest said, "Today I don't have words, the way I feel today, I am free… I will not speak on political matters until everyone else is released". The 83-year-old politician, who emerged in all-black from his home in Srinagar added, "I hope my people will be free. The people of this state will be free. Let us pray to God that we get true freedom for which we have been trying for so long".

Farooq's son Omar Abdullah and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti are still locked up under the Public Safety Act along with countless other Kashmiris. PSA was slapped on Farooq Abdullah too, a three time chief minister, Union Minister, MP in what was unprecedented in the history of the draconian Act.

The moments were captured by photographer Basit Zargar:


First published in The Citizen.