Manmohan Singh-led Congress delegation visits Jammu and Kashmir


A high-level Congress delegation, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, arrived in Srinagar on Saturday to find a peaceful solution to the problems in the violence- hit state Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, after reached Hari Niwas, Azad told reporters that no meeting has been fixed between the delegation and Hurriyat.

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.

Clarifying that they have not come to J&K just for the issue of Section 35A, dealing with the permanent residents of the state and their citizenship rights, Azad said the group was formed well before that keeping in view the situation in the state.

"Such incidents have also taken place during the Modi government but they do not talk about it now", he added.

During his recent four-day visit to Jammu & Kashmir, the Union home minister directed security forces to get even more aggressive in eliminating all active cadre of the three main terror groups - Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Moahmmed - before the mountain passes close on account of snow.

Criticising the PDP-BJP government, Azad said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had time and again said that dialogue should be started with all stakeholders, but never named who the stakeholders were.

"But she is shying away from naming who these stakeholders are", he said.

The Congress's policy-planning group on Kashmir will be in the Valley for two days for talks with party leaders and workers, trade associations and civil societies.