Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah’s sister Safia Abdullah shared a throwback picture of their childhood on his 51st birthday. “Wishing my big brother, childhood sparring partner and pillar of support,” Safia wrote as she shared an old photograph on Twitter on Wednesday. The siblings are seen smiling in the picture with Safia having a yellow dupatta wrapped around her head and was taken when they lived in England.
Omar soon responded to his sister’s heartfelt birthday wish with fond memories of childhood mischief. “‘Childhood sparring partner’. I’m not sure mum would be quite so kind with her description,” he wrote.
“Childhood sparring partner”. I’m not sure mum would be quite so kind with her description — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 10, 2021
The photograph has received over 2,000 ‘likes’ on Twitter as several people wished the NC leader on his birthday.
Omar was born 10 March, 1970, in the UK, where his father, MP Farooq Abdullah married Molly, a nurse of British origin. The couple have two other daughters, Sara Pilot (married to Congress leader Sachin Pilot) and Hina. Omar served as the chief minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir from 2009 to 2015. He was J&K’s last leader of opposition in the J&K Legislative Assembly before the assembly was dissolved in 2018. He was booked under Public Safety Act and was placed under detention after Article 370 was scrapped and J&K in August 2019 and the state was bifurcated into two union territories. He was released in March 2020.