A step in right direction: NC on Omar Abdullah release

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's latest photograph wearing a woollen cap and sporting a long white beard surfaced on social media on Saturday, and went viral. Omar is seen smiling with snow in the backdrop. The photo has a retro touch to it. According to sources the photograph is genuine.

Srinagar,  National Conference Provincial Chief Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday welcomed the release of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, describing it a step in right direction

“It is a defining moment that will go a long way in further strengthening democracy and initiating genuine political activities in Jammu and Kashmir”, Rana said in a statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.

Rana expressed the hope that release of Omar Abdullah will lead to release of all other political leaders against whom there are no criminal charges. This is imperative for generating an atmosphere of trust and creating conducive conditions to resume healthy political discourse in the larger interest of the people.

He said National Conference has always been a strong votary of democracy and secularism, which he described as the cherished agenda of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and political philosophy of the party that stands guarantee to steering Jammu and Kashmir to peace and prosperity.