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Congress forms panel to assess situation in Kashmir valley

The policy-planning group is chaired by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and includes P Chidambaram and CWC members Karan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides the J&K Congress in-charge Ambika Soni

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 23:12 IST
Kashmir Unrest

Kashmiri students clash with security forces near a college in central Srinagar's Lal Chowk on April 17.(AFP Photo)

Concerned over the “disturbed” situation in the Valley, the Congress on Wednesday formulated a policy-planning group for Jammu & Kashmir to take forward the peace initiative in the state.

The Congress has been critical of the Centre as well as the PDP-BJP coalition government over the handling of the situation in J&K since July last year.

The policy-planning group is chaired by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and includes P Chidambaram and CWC members Karan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides the J&K Congress in-charge Ambika Soni.

“Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted a policy-planning group for Jammu & Kashmir under the chairmanship of Dr Manmohan Singh,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement.

Sources said the group will study and assess the ground situation and make initiatives for restoring normalcy to the state, which is facing unrest for quite some time now.

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met a delegation of Congress and National Conference leaders. They later met President Pranab Mukherjee and apprised him of the current situation prevailing in the state.