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 In August 2019, when the special status and statehood of J&K was revoked by the Central government, Abdullah was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for nearly nine months.

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.

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

Farooq Abdullah

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.

Government approaches Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti; requests cooperation

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, two former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, have been cut off from the rest of the world since August 4, a day before BJP-led Centre made its massive Kashmir move.

Article 370 revoked: National Conference approaches SC, calls move 'illegal'

National Conference has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre's decision of revoking Article 370 as well as dividing Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

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.

05 Aug 2019


J&K: Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti put under house arrest

Amid growing uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, the government in a late-night move put former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti as well as Sajad Lone under house arrest.

22 Jul 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Kill the politicians who 'looted Kashmir', Governor Malik tells terrorists

In a hugely controversial statement, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said terrorists should kill "corrupt politicians who have looted the entire wealth" rather than murdering innocent people and security personnel.

01 Jul 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu: Bus falls into gorge, 35 dead; PM expresses condolences

In an unfortunate incident, 35 people died and 17 were injured after a minibus rolled into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Monday morning.

13 May 2019

Mehbooba Mufti

Kashmir: Local rapes three-year-old during iftar, people protest on streets

Once again, humanity has hit a new low. This time, in Kashmir.

16 Apr 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Body of Kashmiri student, who died in Bangladesh, reaches Anantnag

Body of a Kashmiri student, who died in Bangladesh after suffering a seizure at her hostel, reached her native village yesterday, officials said.

02 Apr 2019


Omar Abdullah, Gautam Gambhir spar over 'Separate J&K PM' remark

Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) leader Omar Abdullah and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who recently joined BJP, engaged in a war of words on Twitter over the former's call for a "Separate PM for Jammu & Kashmir".

Fight for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris: PM Modi finally speaks

Days after a hate campaign was launched against Kashmiri students staying in various parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned it.

20 Jan 2019


Turned away by doctor, woman delivers stillborn on Srinagar road

In an inhuman incident, a woman from Moore, a remote area of Jammu and Kashmir, gave birth to a baby by the roadside after a doctor at Srinagar's Lal Ded Hospital refused to admit her.

Congress wishes speedy recovery to Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley

On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of Congress sent best wishes to senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley, both of whom are undergoing treatment after an illness.

14 Jan 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K governor extends support, asks terrorists to shun violence

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today advised terrorists to shun the path of violence, assuring that his administration is ready to do whatever it can for their rehabilitation.

16 Dec 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Pulwama: Locals ask why Army didn't fire in air

The death of seven civilians in Kashmir's Pulwama on Saturday has sparked outrage in the valley with locals saying the Army officers should have fired in the air to disperse the crowd.

15 Dec 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

#Pulwama: 3 terrorists, 1 soldier killed in encounter, says Army

Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in an encounter between the ultras and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

Can't see how Rafale remains election issue after SC-verdict: Omar

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said he did not see the Rafale deal remaining an election issue, in view of the verdict given by the Supreme court.

30 Nov 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

PDP, People's Conference spar over Center's decision to extend rail-link

Mainstream politicians in Kashmir have welcomed the Center's decision to extend the Banihal-Baramulla railway link in the valley to the frontier district of Kupwara, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the People's Conference jostled on the social media seeking credit for the decision.

22 Nov 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Why J&K Governor dissolved the Assembly: Details here

Governor Satyapal Malik, whose decision to dissolve Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday made way for political tremors, has defended his decision saying the alliance could not have resulted in a stable government.

15 Nov 2018

Pakistan News

Kashmir belongs to Pakistan: Shahid Afridi after his 'four-province' comment

Criticizing Indian media for misreporting, former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi in a tweet said Kashmir belonged to his country, and he was passionate about it as his fellow countrymen.

11 Nov 2018


Pakistan must do soul-searching on India's legitimate concerns: Omar Abdullah

Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistani Government must to do some soul searching on India's legitimate concerns to make way for a process of engagement on Kashmir, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has said.

10 Sep 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Omar Abdullah rules out any alliance with BJP in J&K

National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah Monday ruled out any alliance with the BJP for the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying such reports were "fake news" and "some psy-ops plan" designed to "unsettle" his party cadre.

07 Sep 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Omar Abdullah criticizes timing of replacing J&K DGP Vaid

Former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has criticized the timing of changing J&K DGP, saying there was no hurry to replace SP Vaid and the State Police could do without having to deal with the confusion of leadership.

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.

14 Jul 2018

Pakistan News

J&K: Omar Abdullah defends PM Modi's Pak outreach, slams Congress

National Conference Vice-President and former J&K CM, Omar Abdullah, today said Congress's tweet about PM Narendra Modi and incarcerated former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif was disappointing.

07 Jul 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

BJP continuing Governor's rule in J&K for peace: Ram Madhav

BJP General-Secretary Ram Madhav today rejected reports that his party was working to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir with PDP MLAs and said it was for continuing with Governor's rule in J&K in the interest of peace and development.

15 Jun 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Thousands attend Shujaat Bukhari's funeral in Kashmir village

The skies opened up today as thousands of admirers joined the funeral procession of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was laid to rest in his ancestral village in Kreeri, a day after he was shot dead outside his office in Srinagar.

15 Jun 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

'Rising Kashmir' hits the stand despite assassination of Editor Bukhari

English newspaper 'Rising Kashmir' published its daily edition today even after losing its Editor-in-Chief Shujaat Bukhari yesterday in an assassination, which also left two of his personal security officers (PSOs) dead.

J&K sex-scandal: Former BSF DIG, four others, get 10-years jail

A special CBI court sentenced five men, including former BSF DIG KC Padhi and former J&K Police DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir, to 10 years prison time in a 12-year-old sex scandal in J&K.

J&K Police books man for criticizing the government's move

A case was registered today against a man for his alleged tweet criticizing the government's move to suspend anti-terror operations in J&K.

16 May 2018


MLAs switching parties should be banned from contesting polls: Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said MLAs who switch parties should be banned from contesting elections for one term in order to prevent horse-trading in the event of a hung house.

08 May 2018

Narendra Modi

J&K: Omar Abdullah condemns the killing of tourist from TN

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the killing of a tourist hailing from Tamil Nadu during a stone-pelting incident in Narbal area on Srinagar-Gulmarg road.

At least 45 Kashmiri youths joined militancy this year

At least 45 youths from the Kashmir Valley, including an MBA and a Ph.D. scholar, have joined militancy this year till mid-April, according to officials, as the unusual surge in numbers takes the security establishment by surprise.

15 Apr 2018


Crowdfunding campaign for Kathua, Unnao victims collects over Rs. 25L

The entire country was put to shame on learning the horror unleashed on rape victims of Kathua and Unnao.

12 Apr 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Kathua rape-murder: BJP Minister VK Singh assures justice

Union Minister VK Singh has become the first central minister to address the brutal Kathua gangrape-murder of an 8-year-old girl.

03 Mar 2018

Delhi High Court

Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah seeks divorce to get re-married

The Delhi HC sought the response of Payal Abdullah, the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, on his plea seeking divorce on the ground that their marriage has broken down irretrievably and he wants to get re-married.

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."

11 Mar 2017

Uttar Pradesh

Mayawati alleges rigged EVMs in UP

BJP became the first party in Uttar Pradesh to cross the 300 mark in almost four decades.

17 Oct 2016

New Jersey

Omar Abdullah detained at New York airport

Former Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah was detained at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York for additional screening by immigration authorities; he spent two-hours in a holding area.