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Farooq Abdullah Reiterates Will Discuss J&K Political Agenda Only When All Leaders Are Free From Detention

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has said the party would discuss and review the political agenda with regard to Jammu and Kashmir only after all leaders including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have been set free, reported a news agency from Srinagar.

“The aim of today’s meeting was to ensure that the four leaders were free. We will discuss and review the political agenda once all political leaders are set free,” Abdullah said.

The Lok Sabha member was talking to reporters at his residence here after meeting NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and former ministers Mohammad Shafi Uri, Abdul Rahim Rather and Nasir Aslam Wani. Abdullah said he will also call other party leaders for similar meetings in the coming days.

“I hope that those who came for the meeting today are free now, not just for today, after one year and 15 days of detention. I will be meeting other leaders as well,” he said. Abdullah said he wanted all the leaders of the union territory, including PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, to be set free. He said he was in constant touch with her and she was very much part of the Gupkar declaration of all political parties last year.

“We have not given up. The all-party meeting (convened by Abdullah on August 5 this year but disallowed by authorities) will take place when all leaders are set free,” he said. Asked about some leaders like Shah Faesal, who were part of the Gupkar declaration on August 4 last year but have switched sides now, Abdullah said he was not answerable for the actions of others.

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