Led by Manmohan Singh delegation of top Congress leaders arrives in Srinagar

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A delegation of Congress policy and planning group headed by former Prime Minister Dr Mamohan Singh on Saturday arrived on two-day visit to Kashmir to look into ways for finding a peaceful solution to the present impasse in the Valley.

He said that the Congress delegation wishes to visit all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir to check the progress and conditions of regions apart from the burning issues faced by general public, also to study the ground situation during BJP and PDP rule.

The group includes former union ministers P Chidambaram, former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni.

During the series of meetings that the Union home minister had with CRPF, BSF Army and Special Operations Group of J&K Police, Mr Singh directed them to nearly double their operations as the number of active militants in the Valley has dropped to less than 200 and eliminating a majority of them would have a huge impact in improving the overall security situation in the state. "But during our reign the situation was good and stable when there was Congress-NC coalition government in state and UPA in Delhi", he said.

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On talks with separatists, he said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been speaking of a dialogue with all stakeholders to solve the Kashmir problem.

"She is shying away from naming who these stakeholders are", Azad said.

He said the senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh is also expected to be the part of the delegation which would meet representatives of various opposition parties, including the National Conference, the CPI (m) and others.