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J&K parties must unite to bring back detainees outside UT: Farooq Abdullah

"This is a humanitarian demand and I hope others will join me in placing this demand in front of the government of India," he said

Farooq Abdullah | Jammu and Kashmir | Article 370

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Farooq Abdullah
National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah with his wife Mollie Abdullah (L) and daughter Safiya Abdullah (R) speaks to media after his Public Safety Act (PSA) was revoked. PTI

NC president on Sunday appealed to all political leaders in the erstwhile state to unite in appealing to the Centre for bringing back all detainees lodged in jails outside the union territory on "humanitarian" grounds.

In his first statement after being released on Friday, the 82-year-old leader, who is at present a Lok Sabha member, said, "Before we allow to divide us, I appeal to all political leaders in the state to unite behind the call to the union government to bring back all detainees from from prisons outside the state pending their release."

"While we would like to see them all released as soon as possible, pending that they should be shifted to JK. This is a humanitarian demand and I hope others will join me in placing this demand in front of the government of India," the former chief minister said.

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First Published: Sun, March 15 2020. 12:54 IST