India frees Mehbooba Mufti after detaining her for 14 months

The former chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) Mehbooba Mufti was released by Indian authorities after being detained for more than a year.

She was detained by the Indian authorities following the government’s decision in August to illegally withdrawing the region’s autonomy. Mufti was among several politicians to be detained following the revocation of IoK’s special status.

Following her release, the former IoK chief minister in an audio-message on Twitter said that no one can ever forget the political heist and insult of August 5 by India. She said now whatever Delhi unconstitutionally and undemocratically snatched away from them, they will have to take it back. “I agree this path is not easy but I am hopeful that our resolve will help us in this,” she said.

She also demanded the release of the people of IoK who have been jailed in different prisons of the country.

In March, India released former CMs Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. India detained politicians and activists in order to contain unrest following its decision to strip the valley of the special status and instead split it into two federally-administered territories.

However, it has been 14 months and thousands of other prisoners are yet to be released from Indian prisons.