Srinagar: In his first public appearance after release from house arrest former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday inaugurated an ice cream shop in Srinagar.

Dr Abdullah who has been lying low ever since his release last month appeared at Sangarmal Shopping Complex on MA Road and inaugurated ‘Nirula’s Ice Cream’ shop there.

Dr Farooq who is incumbent member of Parliament was placed under house arrest on August 5 following abrogation of Kashmir’s special status and its division. At the inauguration of the ice cream joint, franchise of popular Indian food chain Nirula’s Dr Farooq was accompanied by his younger brother Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal.

Dr Farooq declined to answer volley of questions from the journalists present there.

Nirula’s is India’s oldest fast food restaurant chain and its first restaurant was opened in the New Delhi’s busiest Connaught Place in 1977.

Talking to Kashmir Observer Nirula’s franchise owner Ashiq Rafiq Khan said that he plans to expand his business and open more branches in the Valley once the pandemic is over.

“We will start hot shops, and Sunday stations on the lines of Nirula’s CP branch. We will keep on adding varieties,” he said.

“Brand doesn’t need any introduction or endorsement. Nirula’s is an oldest brand in India. I am optimistic this business venture will go well,” he added.


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