"People must appreciate that after 2010 we learnt lessons that allowed us to bring six years of peace and calm in Jammu and Kashmir," former chief minister Omar Abdullah said in an interview.

"The lessons of 2010 allowed us to deal with a far more threatening situation when Afzal Guru was hanged," the NC leader said, adding, "You don't appreciate when the good work is done, you don't appreciate that Jammu and Kashmir has some peaceful years in the last eight to ten years."

"And suddenly when you have a problem like this then people make sweeping generalisations that nothing good has been done there and mainstream politicians have only hoodwinked the people and worsened the situation," he rued.

"But, it is not the truth. Yes, we are not blameless, I have never said that mistakes were never made by us. I have always accepted," he added. "But the fact is that the lessons learnt in 2010 was unlearnt in 2016 and that's what we need to correct," Abdullah said.

Rajnath Singh will undertake a two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday during which he will review the situation and may hold talks with cross section of people, a move which comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed "deep concern and pain" over the situation there.

As many as 65 people, including two policemen, have been killed and several thousand were injured so far in different violence. The home minister had said the Centre wants an emotional relationship with the state and not just need-based. Singh had said the central government will talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the state.

On Monday, while meeting a joint opposition delegation led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his "deep concern and pain" over the situation there and asked all political parties to work together to find a "permanent and lasting" solution to problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh urges to build an emotional relationship with Kashmir
"As far as Government of India is concerned, I want to make it clear that we don't just want need-based ties, but to build an emotional relationship with Kashmir," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, reaching out to the people in the Valley while making a fervent appeal to them to help restore peace and normalcy in the state.

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