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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice-President, Muhammad Sartaj Madni today said while it is a welcome move by Congress to constitute Dr Manmohan Singh-led Policy-Planning Group on Jammu & Kashmir, “but the question is what did Congress do to address the issues concerning the State when it was in power at the Centre for a decade between 2004 and 2014.”

“P Chidambaram, who is a part of the Policy-Planning Group on J&K, was the Union Home Minister during 2010 unrest. What tangible measures did he take at that time to address the distress and alienation of Kashmiri youth,”Madni said in a statement.

“Unfortunately as Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh couldn’t take any tangible measures to build on and expand the intra and inter-state Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) initiated by the then NDA Government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The hope for peace and stability in the State which was generated by the CBMs initiated by Vajpayee in 2003 waned due to the failure of the successive Congress Governments at the Centre, leading to fresh wave of disenchantment and alienation in Kashmir,” Madni said