Farooq Abdullah: News

Farooq Abdullah, born on October 21, 1937, in Soura, Srinagar, is a senior Indian politician and the Chairman of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC). He’s the son of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, an eminent personality in J&K politics, and the father of former J&K CM Omar Abdullah. Following in his father's footsteps, Abdullah became an active member of the JKNC founded by his father. He served three terms as the Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir (1982–84, 1986–90, and 1996–2002). He first assumed the post after his father's death in 1982 and was later elected to office in 1983. His government collapsed in 1984, but he was re-elected in 1986 with the Indian National Congress’s (INC) support; he held the CM post until 1990. He won the 1996 Assembly elections and became the Chief Minister once again. Also, he served as the Minister for New and Renewable Energy during 2009-14 as part of Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the Centre. He’s a member of Lok Sabha from Srinagar. Abdullah and his party are strong campaigners for greater autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir and its special status.

15 Sep 2023

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Anantnag encounter continues, soldiers' death toll rises to 4

The joint operation of the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police to hunt down terrorists in J&K's Anantnag district, which started early Wednesday, continued on Friday.

24 Mar 2023

Jammu And Kashmir

Allah sent Lord Ram to show right path: Farooq Abdullah

In a veiled attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National Conference MP and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah said that some people want to capitalize on the name of Lord Ram.

18 Jun 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah declines offer to be Opposition's presidential candidate

Member Parliament and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday declined the opportunity to be the Opposition's presidential candidate, saying he would rather contribute to Jammu and Kashmir politically.

27 May 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: ED summons ex-CM Farooq Abdullah on May 31

Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has been summoned to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi on May 31 in connection with the money-laundering investigation into the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), The Indian Express reported.

24 Jun 2021

Narendra Modi

J&K to get statehood 'at right time,' says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired an all-party meeting to discuss the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

24 Jun 2021


PM Modi meets J&K leaders. What happened so far?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met with top political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir to hold discussions.

24 Jun 2021


PM Modi set to chair all-party meet on J&K today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a crucial meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir at his Delhi residence at 3 pm today.

22 Jun 2021

Narendra Modi

J&K: Gupkar alliance says will participate in PM Modi's meeting

The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) today said its leader will take part in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.

20 Jun 2021

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K statehood: What will happen at Modi's June 24 meet?

The central government had on Saturday invited top political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, for an all-party meeting on Thursday (June 24).

30 Mar 2021


Farooq Abdullah tests COVID-19 positive; PM wishes him speedy recovery

Veteran politician and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, who isolated himself at home on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, was wished a speedy recovery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Disagreeing with government not sedition: SC on plea against Abdullah

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking action against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.

23 Dec 2020


J&K DDC elections: Gupkar Alliance wins big; BJP gains

Although the final results of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir have not been declared yet, the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has won big.

Farooq Abdullah grilled over cricket association scam; party cries vendetta

Just as Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah today over alleged misappropriation of funds in the J&K Cricket Association, his party decried the move with son Omar calling it "political vendetta."

15 Oct 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Gupkar signatories form alliance to restore Article 370

Days after the People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti was released from her year-long detention, Jammu and Kashmir politicians floated an alliance to restore J&K's constitutional status as on before August 5, 2019.

14 Oct 2020

Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti released, vows to take back what Delhi snatched

The Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and chief of Peoples' Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti, was released from detention late last night, more than a year after the abrogation of Article 370.

24 Sep 2020


Kashmiris would rather be ruled by Chinese, says Farooq Abdullah

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who was the Chief Minister of the erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir, has claimed Kashmiris would rather be ruled by the Chinese than the Indian government, a remark that will certainly spark a political slugfest.

21 Aug 2020

Narendra Modi

'This is not Gandhi's India,' says NC chief Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu & Kashmir CM and National Conference chief, Farooq Abdullah, said his party won't remain silent on the abrogation of Article 370, stripping the erstwhile state of its special status in August last year.

29 Jun 2020

Article 370

Face of Kashmir's separatism, Syed Geelani, quits Hurriyat at 90

On Monday, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the most known face of Kashmir's separatist politics, quit Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella body of separatist parties formed in 1993.

07 Apr 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Mehbooba Mufti returns home but remains in detention

Former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, was on Tuesday shifted to her residence in Gupkar Road, but her detention will continue.

24 Mar 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

Omar Abdullah, in detention since August, released; speaks on coronavirus

More than seven months after he was detained, former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, was released on Tuesday.

SC seeks Centre's response on status of Omar Abdullah's release

The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre on its intent to release former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

'Free' Farooq Abdullah meets son Omar after seven months

A day after he was released, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah met his son Omar at the sub-jail in Srinagar where the latter has been lodged since August. They warmly embraced each other.

13 Mar 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Farooq Abdullah released from detention after 7 months

A little over seven months later, National Conference's senior leader Farooq Abdullah was released by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday.

09 Mar 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

Opposition demands 'immediate release' of detained former J&K CMs, leaders

The Opposition on Monday sent a joint resolution to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre demanding the immediate release of all political leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir.

After Omar, Mehbooba, former IAS-officer Shah Faesal booked under PSA

Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri to attain the first position in the UPSC Examination of 2009, has been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), reports said on Saturday.

07 Feb 2020

Mehbooba Mufti

Former J&K Chief Ministers, Mehbooba and Omar, booked under PSA

The government has booked National Conference's Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party Chief Mehbooba Mufti under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), reports said.

05 Feb 2020

Lok Sabha

Sajjad Lone and PDP's Wahid Parra released after six months

Exactly six months after they were detained by the Centre, two popular politicians of Jammu and Kashmir were released on Wednesday.

28 Jan 2020

Tamil Nadu

After Omar Abdullah's bearded pic surfaces, BJP sends him razor

In August, the BJP-led Centre put former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah under detention, fearing he might impact the "peace" in the area after the abrogation of Article 370.

25 Jan 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

Release detained J&K leaders, offer equal protection under CAA: US

A top United States diplomat on Friday asked the Indian government to release the political leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir since August.

09 Jan 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

15 foreign envoys, barring EU representatives, to visit J&K

The government is taking 15 foreign envoys for a two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir to shed light on the ground realities, five months after Article 370 was rescinded and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories.

02 Jan 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Politicians detained at MLA hostel to be released

The new year has brought some good news for Jammu and Kashmir politicians who were detained at MLA hostel in Srinagar.

14 Dec 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah's detention in J&K extended by 3 months

National Conference Chairperson Farooq Abdullah's detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been extended by three months.

21 Nov 2019

Congress Party

Row erupts over terror-accused Pragya's nomination to Defence Ministry panel

In a controversial move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Thakur has been nominated to the parliamentary consultative committee of the Ministry of Defence.

15 Oct 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah's sister, daughter detained during Srinagar protests

On Tuesday, the police detained several women activists in Srinagar for protesting against the Centre's move to repeal Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

15 Oct 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Shah says Omar and Mehbooba have been detained under PSA

The continued detention of politicians of Jammu and Kashmir, more than two months after Article 370 was rescinded, has raised concerns.

09 Oct 2019

Article 370

J&K: Congress will not participate in local BDC elections

On Wednesday, Congress announced that it will not participate in the Block Development Council (BDC) elections of Jammu and Kashmir.

06 Oct 2019


Charged with PSA, Farooq Abdullah meets National Conference delegation

National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar today met a 15-member delegation of their party, led by leader Devender Singh Rana.

06 Oct 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Two months later, National Conference leaders allowed to meet Abdullahs

A delegation of the National Conference (NC) will meet the senior-most leaders of the party, Farooq and Omar Abdullah, on Sunday.

After 'house arrest', Farooq Abdullah detained under Public Safety Act

In an unprecedented development, Farooq Abdullah, the President of National Conference (NC) and a three-time former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has been detained under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), reports said on Monday.

01 Sep 2019

Mehbooba Mufti

Detained former J&K CMs Omar, Mehbooba allowed to meet families

Nearly a month after being placed under house arrest, former Jammu & Kashmir chief ministers, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehooba Mufti, have been reportedly allowed to meet their families.

06 Aug 2019

Lok Sabha

#Article370Scrapped: Shah says Farooq Abdullah wasn't detained, he refutes claim

National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday alleged Union Home Minister Amit Shah lied in the Lok Sabha about his "detention" status.

Dialogue can solve Ayodhya-issue, will lay brick: Farooq Abdullah

Veteran National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said on Friday the Ayodhya dispute can be solved through dialogue while emphasizing Lord Ram doesn't just belong to Hindus.

06 Sep 2018


Protect Article 35A or we'll boycott J&K local elections: Farooq

The Jammu & Kashmir National Conference will boycott the local body and Panchayat elections in the state unless the Center takes effective steps for protecting Article 35A of the Constitution, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court, Party President Farooq Abdullah said yesterday.

22 Aug 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Ex J&K CM Farooq Abdullah heckled during Eid prayers

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah was reportedly heckled during Eid prayers at a mosque in Srinagar.

04 Aug 2018


J&K: Man tries entering Farooq Abdullah's house, shot dead

A man was gunned down by security forces on Saturday for trying to forcibly enter former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah's residence.

23 May 2018


Top opposition-leaders to attend Kumaraswamy swearing-in as Karnataka CM today

A JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in later today in Karnataka at a ceremony to be attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders.

16 Jan 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah: Enemy not across the border but amongst us

National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah observed that the nation's enemy wasn't across the border. Instead, he claimed that they were amongst us, causing divisions.

31 Oct 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

Omar Abdullah: Autonomy has to be taken from Indian Constitution

National conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah toughened his party's stance about J&K's special status saying that constitution guarantees autonomy to J&K. So, if talking about that is "anti-national," he "wears the badge proudly."

15 Apr 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

Srinagar by-polls: Farooq Abdullah wins by over 9000 votes

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has won the Srinagar by-polls with a margin of over 9000 votes, against Peoples Democratic Party's Nazir Ahmad Khan.

08 Apr 2017


Disrespect to anthem: ABVP members halt match at Jammu University

Alleged ABVP members stormed the grounds of Jammu University on April 8 and halted an inter-university football match, alleging "Kashmiri" students had disrespected the national anthem.