Omar Abdullah: News

Omar Abdullah is a senior political leader of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) and former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir. He is the son of Farooq Abdullah, who himself was a three-time former CM of the state. He started his political career at the age of 28 with his election to the Lok Sabha in 1998 from the Srinagar constituency. He was re-elected in the 1999 General Elections and served as the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce & Industry (1999-2001) as well as External Affairs (2001-02) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In 2002, Abdullah succeeded his father as the President of the JKNC and resigned from his duties in the Union Government. His party and INC came to power in an alliance after the 2008 J&K assembly elections, with Abdullah being sworn in as the Chief Minister in January 2009. He served in this position till 2014, when the next elections were held, and the PDP-BJP alliance assumed power in 2015. In August 2019, when the special status and statehood of J&K was revoked by the Central government, Abdullah was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for nearly nine months.

Opposition slams BJP over Cabinet portfolio allocation

The opposition's Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) has taken a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party and its National Democratic Alliance partners over the allocation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

04 Jun 2024

Jammu And Kashmir

INDIA leads in J&K's first polls after Article 370 revocation

In the first Lok Sabha election since Jammu and Kashmir's special status was revoked, the opposition bloc—the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance—is currently leading.

05 Apr 2024

Mehbooba Mufti

J&K turned into 'open jail' after 2019: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti, the president of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), expressed her concerns about the state of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

03 Apr 2024

Mehbooba Mufti

No INDIA alliance in J&K? Mufti's PDP to contest alone

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti has announced that the party will independently contest the three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir.

11 Dec 2023

Mehbooba Mufti

'Disappointing': J&K politicians on SC's Article 370 verdict; BJP celebrates

Several political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have expressed "disappointment" over the Supreme Court verdict upholding the Article 370 abrogation by the Centre.

04 Oct 2023


Ladakh hill council polls begin, it's BJP v/s united opposition

The polling for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Kargil) in the Union Territory of Ladakh began on Wednesday.

22 Sep 2023

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Mirwaiz Farooq released from house arrest; breaks into tears

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was released from house arrest on Friday, four years after he was first detained following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

10 Jan 2023

Jammu And Kashmir

Kashmiris not beggers: Omar Abdullah slams Centre over election delay 

National Conference leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said Assembly election is the right of Kashmiri people and that they will not beg for it before the Central government.

02 Oct 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Policeman killed, CRPF personnel injured in Pulwama terrorist attack

A Jammu and Kashmir Police cop was killed and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man was injured on Sunday after terrorists opened fire on them in Pulwama district.

26 Aug 2022

Sonia Gandhi

Ghulam Nabi quits Congress, says party at 'no return' point

Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from all positions of the party and quit the primary membership as well on Friday.

18 Aug 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: Non-locals get voting rights, Opposition parties protest decision

The election authority has made a significant yet contentious decision in Jammu and Kashmir by granting non-locals voting rights.

10 Jun 2022

Indian Penal Code

J&K: Curfew imposed, internet suspended following communal tensions

Authorities have imposed a curfew in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the army has been called in to carry out a flag march in Doda district's Bhaderwah town in response to attempts by some elements to incite communal unrest.

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.

Omar Abdullah questioned by ED, JKNC calls it 'fishing expedition'

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned former Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah in connection with the J&K Bank money laundering case.

17 Oct 2021

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: 2 non-locals killed by terrorists; 9th killing this month

A street vendor from Bihar and a laborer from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

13 Sep 2021


Political parties slam Adityanath for 'Abba Jaan' remark

Political parties have slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his remark on "people who are called Abba Jaan" in an apparent attack against the Muslim community and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

11 Sep 2021

Jammu And Kashmir

National Conference leader TS Wazir cremated in Jammu

Thousands of people including former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday attended the last rites of prominent National Conference leader TS Wazir in Jammu as various organizations demanded a CBI probe into his murder in Delhi.

04 May 2021


Omar Abdullah tweets SOS from Ayodhya teacher's family

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to amplify the plea for medical assistance from the family of a COVID-19-positive school teacher in Ayodhya which is grappling with a shortage of life-saving oxygen as the number of cases mounts.

17 Nov 2020

Mehbooba Mufti

Amit Shah slams Gupkar Declaration; Mehbooba, Omar hit back

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah slammed the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), saying the "Gupkar Gang" has gone global and it wants foreign forces to meddle in Jammu and Kashmir's matters.

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."

14 Oct 2020

Farooq Abdullah

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.

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.

27 Jul 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K's UT status humiliating, won't contest Assembly polls: Omar Abdullah

Almost a year after Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status and split into two Union Territories, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote a strongly-worded opinion piece in Indian Express, announcing that he would not contest Assembly polls till statehood is restored.

29 Jun 2020

Farooq Abdullah

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.

26 Jun 2020


CRPF jawan martyred, minor killed in terror attack in Anantnag

In a tragic piece of news, a jawan of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was martyred and a six-year-old boy was killed after terrorists attacked security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag, police said on Friday.

04 Apr 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

After backlash, Centre overturns rules on J&K government jobs

In a dramatic turn of events, the BJP-led Centre changed rules pertaining to government jobs in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, merely days after introducing a monumental order.

'Hollow, unacceptable,' J&K politicians slam new domicile rule

The Centre has redefined the domicile laws in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the new regulations, a person who has resided in the Union Territory for over 15 years can be a domicile.

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.

On sister's plea challenging Omar Abdullah's detention, SC issues notice

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued notice to the administration of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, seeking a response on the detention of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

Omar influenced people to "vote", Mehbooba supports separatism: PSA dossier

The dossiers prepared by the administration of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have explained why two former Chief Ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

07 Feb 2020

Farooq Abdullah

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.

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.

09 Oct 2019

Farooq Abdullah

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.