12:15 | The flight carrying Rahul Gandhi, Opposition leaders has taken off
11:45 | If the situation is so normal, why aren't they letting us go?: Sharad Yadav tells India TV
Opposition leaders D Raja, Sharad Yadav,Majeed Memon and Manoj Jha onboard flight to Srinagar.Opposition delegation including Rahul Gandhi are visiting Jammu & Kashmir today. pic.twitter.com/a5gxyy2i2o— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
11:30 | Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition leaders have boarded the flight
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi onboard flight to Srinagar. A delegation of Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, are visiting Jammu & Kashmir today. pic.twitter.com/ixBkANgksg— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
10:50 | Leaders have arrived at Delhi airport; Rahul Gandhi will arrive shortly
10:45 | Rahul Gandhi leaves for airport
Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves from his residence. A delegation of Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, will visit Jammu & Kashmir today. pic.twitter.com/p8bXdufnCy— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
10:30 | If the situation is normal, then why are the leaders under house arrest: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad who is part of Opposition delegation which will visit J&K today: On one hand Govt says situation is normal, and on the other hand they don't allow anyone to go.Never seen such contradictions. If things normal then why political leaders are under house arrest? pic.twitter.com/xRlD8DNGuU— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
10:20 | We are going in govt's support: NCP leader Majeed Memon
NCP leader Majeed Memon who is part of Opposition delegation which will visit J&K today: Our motive is not to go & create disturbances, we aren't going in govt's opposition, we are going in govt's support, so that we too give suggestions as to what must be done. pic.twitter.com/U502HYoEz1— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
10:15 | US working on two-prong strategy to ease Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir issue
The US is working on a two-pronged strategy to defuse fresh tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials from the Trump administration said.
The first strategy is to exert pressure on Pakistan to refrain it from indulging in any cross-border infiltration or providing material or financial support to terrorist activities in India, particularly in Kashmir, they said.
The second strategy is to encourage India to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure that human rights of the people there are protected, political prisoners are released and channels of communications are reopened.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has said attempts should not be made to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
In a series of tweets, the Information and Public Relations Department of the Jammu & Kashmir government said: "At a time when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu & Kashmir from the threat of cross border terrorism and attacks by militants and separatists and gradually trying to restore public order by controlling miscreants and mischief mongers, attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
"Political leaders are requested to cooperate and not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience.
"They would also be violating restrictions that are still there in many areas. Senior leaders should understand that top priority would be given to maintaining peace, order and preventing loss of human lives."