Besides Mufti, hundreds of political leaders including two other former chief ministers – Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah – were also detained just before and after the abrogation of Article 370. Although the Abdullahs were released in March, Mufti continued to remain in detention under Public Safety Act (PSA).
Mufti in her dossier, prepared by security agencies, was accused, among other things, of borrowing the party’s election symbol – inkpot and pen – from Muslim United Front (MUF), an amalgam of various religious bodies formed in 1986 which had participated in the controversial 1987 elections.
Following the release of Mufti, political observers as well as the people of Kashmir are rather keen to see how the politics of Jammu and Kashmir will shape up in coming days.
Prominent political analyst and a Kashmir watcher of long standing, Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba said that the Mufti’s release was important to decide which course the politics of Jammu and Kashmir takes. “Mufti’s release is a positive development. It is very significant as it will decide how the politics of J&K shape up,” Baba said.