The two MPs of National conference Akbar Lone and Justice Hasnain Masoodi met with National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Thursday first time after article 370 was scrapped. The two are likely to meet party vice president Omar Abdullah on Friday. Both former chief ministers are under detention after Article 370 was scrapped.

Earlier National Conference leader and Member Parliament Akbar Lone said his party must contest elections. Lone said contesting elections has been compulsion in the past though ‘Kashmiris don’t belong to India’.

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“We will have to first understand what powers the new assembly will have in the event of any elections taking place. As a man from National Conference, whatever the elections, we must contest elections”, Akbar Lone said.

Batting for a united stand by political parties against the abrogation of Article 370, Akbar Lone said that all parties must stand together for the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

“All parties like the Congress, National Conference, PDP and other groups must join hands for the return of the special status of the state”, Lone added.

Akbar Lone said the restrictions in Kashmir are stopping people from expressing their resentment against the scrapping of Article 370.

“Every corner of the valley is guarded by security forces, if people would have been allowed to come out they would have showed their resentment”, Lone said.

Lone said that he appreciated the role of Pakistan and other countries raking the Kashmir issue internationally and putting pressure on India.

“It is a good thing that Pakistan or China or the US any other country rakes up the Kashmir issue internationally”, Akbar Lone said.

Lone demanded the release of former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.

“We must be allowed to meet with our leaders and they must be released”, Akbar Lone added.

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