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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a part of the opposition delegation that will visit Jammu and Kashmir today, accused the government of giving contradictory statements on the situation in the state.

The Indian opposition leaders, representing nine political parties, flew to Srinagar from New Delhi almost three weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government revoked Muslim-majority Kashmir's decades-old special status guaranteed under India's constitution.

The Indian opposition leaders were expected to visit some other parts of the valley, however, authorities in occupied Kashmir did not allow any Indian leader to enter the valley.

Addressing the press in Delhi after returning from Srinagar airport, Gandhi said he wanted to visit Jammu & Kashmir after officially obtaining permission.

The leaders had travelled to Kashmir to meet the people and party leaders in the region where restrictions have been imposed since the abrogation of Article 370.

"We are not going to disturb peace there", Majeed Memon of the Nationalist Congress Party told reporters in New Delhi before boarding the flight to Srinagar.

As news about the Opposition plan broke, the Union home ministry circulated a statement that it attributed to the Jammu and Kashmir administration, requesting political representatives to avoid visiting the state now. Haven't seen such contradiction... Azad also said they were not going to break any law as they were leaders of responsible political parties.

"You [the government] talk of stopping them, I think it can not be justified in any manner", he said. The restrictions are still in place at several areas in the state. Mr Azad said as he left for the airport this morning in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.

"If we were stopped from visiting Srinagar, then it will be clear that government is hiding something", he said.

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik dismissed his concerns and invited him to travel to the state.

On August 8, Azad had tried to visit Srinagar, but was not allowed to leave the airport. Why are Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, and Farooq Abdullah are under house arrest? While Friday remained fairly peaceful in the Valley after relaxation and normalcy for the past few days, the weekend is likely to face restrictions in sensitive areas.

"On one hand government says situation is normal, and on the other hand they don't allow anyone to go".

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