Articles about Omar Abdullah

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 In August 2019, when the special status and statehood of J&K was revoked by the Central government, Abdullah was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for nearly nine months.

Political parties slam Adityanath for 'Abba Jaan' remark

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).

National Conference leader TS Wazir cremated in Jammu

11 Sep 2021

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.

Omar Abdullah tweets SOS from Ayodhya teacher's family

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.

Srinagar: Punjabi jeweler gets domicile certificate, terrorists shoot him dead

02 Jan 2021

Srinagar: Punjabi jeweler gets domicile certificate, terrorists shoot him dead

In a spine-chilling incident, a 70-year-old Punjabi jeweler Satpal Nischal was shot dead in Srinagar weeks after he got a domicile certificate that allowed him to purchase immovable property.

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

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.

Amit Shah slams Gupkar Declaration; Mehbooba, Omar hit back

17 Nov 2020

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

19 Oct 2020

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."

Mehbooba Mufti released, vows to take back what Delhi snatched

14 Oct 2020

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.

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

21 Aug 2020

'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.

J&K: L-G Murmu resigns; BJP's Manoj Sinha given top post

06 Aug 2020

J&K: L-G Murmu resigns; BJP's Manoj Sinha given top post

On Wednesday, exactly one year after the contentious Article 370 was abrogated, GC Murmu, who took oath as the Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu & Kashmir on October 31, 2019, resigned, paving the path for the appointment of former Union Minister Manoj Sinha.

I'm under house arrest, says Saifuddin Soz, challenging government's claims

31 Jul 2020

I'm under house arrest, says Saifuddin Soz, challenging government's claims

From behind barbed wires at his home in Srinagar, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz junked the government's claims about him not being detained, telling reporters that the Supreme Court was being fed lies.

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

27 Jul 2020

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.

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

29 Jun 2020

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.

CRPF jawan martyred, minor killed in terror attack in Anantnag

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.

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

07 Apr 2020

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.

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

04 Apr 2020

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

01 Apr 2020

'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.

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

24 Mar 2020

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

18 Mar 2020

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

14 Mar 2020

'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.

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

13 Mar 2020

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.

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

09 Mar 2020

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.

Seven months later, J&K administration removes social media curbs

04 Mar 2020

Seven months later, J&K administration removes social media curbs

In a new development, the administration of newly-formed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has lifted curbs imposed on social media, reports said on Wednesday. The speed will, however, remain restricted to 2G and these services will not be extended to pre-paid SIMs, the authorities underlined.

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

15 Feb 2020

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

14 Feb 2020

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

10 Feb 2020

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).

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

07 Feb 2020

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.

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

28 Jan 2020

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.

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

25 Jan 2020

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.

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

02 Jan 2020

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.

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

14 Dec 2019

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.

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

22 Oct 2019

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

More than two months ago India revoked Article 370, withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and put the state under a lockdown.

Farooq Abdullah's sister, daughter detained during Srinagar protests

15 Oct 2019

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.

Shah says Omar and Mehbooba have been detained under PSA

15 Oct 2019

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.

Why sign bond, Mufti's daughter questions manner of releasing politicians

10 Oct 2019

Why sign bond, Mufti's daughter questions manner of releasing politicians

Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday slammed the Centre, once again, for imposing conditions before releasing the politicians of Kashmir.

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

09 Oct 2019

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.

J&K authorities allow PDP delegation to meet Mehbooba Mufti

06 Oct 2019

J&K authorities allow PDP delegation to meet Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday allowed a 10-member delegation of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to meet party chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has been under detention for the past two months.

Charged with PSA, Farooq Abdullah meets National Conference delegation

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.

Two months later, National Conference leaders allowed to meet Abdullahs

06 Oct 2019

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.

Two months later, Jammu politicians released. Kashmir's remain under detention

02 Oct 2019

Two months later, Jammu politicians released. Kashmir's remain under detention

Nearly two months after they were detained, politicians of Jammu were released by the state administration. However, their counterparts in Kashmir weren't as lucky as their detention didn't end.