After two months a 15-member National Conference (NC) delegation on Sunday met party chief Farooq Abdullah, who has been under house arrest in J&K. This came a day after Jammu and Kashmir government allowed the NC delegation to meet the former CM. News agency ANI released the first visuals of the NC delegation meeting Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar. Farooq Abdullah's wife Molly also joined the meeting with the NC delegation, which consisted of senior leaders of the party including Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone.
A National Conference (NC) delegation meets former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar pic.twitter.com/Ez0AeacT7T— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2019
J&K: Farooq Abdullah and wife Molly at their residence in Srinagar. A National Conference (NC) delegation has reached to meet him. pic.twitter.com/XgtNGIGiwz— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2019
Speaking to news agency ANI after meeting the Abdullahs, NC leader Devender Rana said that both the former J&K CMs - Farooq and Omar Abdullah - are well and in high spirits. He emphasised on the release of the Kashmir leaders, adding that both the leaders are pained by the developments in J&K. The delegation also apprised the leaders about developments after Article 370 abrogation.
Devender Rana,National Conference after meeting Farooq and Omar Abdullah: We are happy that they are both well and in high spirits, of course they are pained by the developments in the state. If the political process has to start then mainstream leaders have to be released. pic.twitter.com/KC9PLeneLD— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2019
Led by NC Jammu provincial president Devender Singh Rana, the delegation flew to Srinagar from Delhi for the meeting with Farooq Abdullah on Sunday morning. The delegation was granted permission to meet the leaders from J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday evening.
In the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, a number of Kashmiri leaders were put under house arrest. Recently speaking in the matter, Farooq Khan, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor stated that the detained leaders will be released from detention. He said that they will be released after individual analysis of each of them. However, he did not state the exact date of their release. Major Kashmir politicians including former J&K Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, and Farooq Abdullah have been detained in Srinagar since August 5 when the Article 370 was abrogated by the Centre.