Jailed Omar Found On Twitter


Photo of Omar Abdullah doing rounds on social media.

SRINAGAR – It looks like former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah is finally able to access his Twitter handle.

On Wednesday, Omar liked a Tweet by Associated Press. The tweet was a story on the US strike on Taliban ever since the peace deal was signed between the two parties.

The activity came on the same day when the admin lifted ban on social media in Kashmir after 7-months.

Abdullah disliked the Tweet shortly but not before the twitterati took the screenshots of the activity.

Omar who has been booked under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) and is under detention since August 5, is known as Twitter boy for his pro-active usage of social media has much like other Kashmiri leaders been off micro-blogging site. Omar has 3.4 million followers on twitter and his last tweet before his arrest on August 5, called for peace and calm.

While Mehbooba Mufti’s account is being accessed by her daughter Iltija Mufti who every now and then comments on issues pertaining to Kashmir and other parts of country, Omar’s on the other hand has been defunct since August 5.

This is the first time Omar has accessed his social media. His last tweet came on August 4, a day prior to the abrogation of article-370 in Jammu and Kashmir. He hasn’t tweeted anything, though.

Communication services including internet were suspended in Kashmir on August 5, while post-paid mobile services were resumed in the valley in October, the ban on high speed internet and social media continues till this day.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib did his Masters in Convergent Journalism from Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and is currently working with Kashmir Observer as Special Correspondent. He has been contributing stories for the newspaper especially on Politics, Security & defence and has a keen interest in Environment.

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