Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Manmohan Singh, who recently visited Srinagar to hold parleys with Mufti and leaders of other like minded parties and senior Congress leader Arjun Singh are participating in the talks with the PDP.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has authorised Manmohan Singh and Arjun Singh to hold talks with Mufti.
Soon after his arrival here, Mufti struck an optimistic note on Government formation by likening the difficulties in the matter to "birth pangs".
"People of Jammu and Kashmir has given us a golden opportunity by defeating the National Conference.We should evolve a sort of consensus, a common minimum programme to face the challenge to end the turmoil in the state", he told reporters.
"Being a national party, Congress has national concerns. We are a regional platform having regional aspirations. We will certainly iron out (the problems) and find a way out. People who have participated in the polls in difficult circumstances, would force us".