Omar Govt A Nazi Outfit, Says Jethmalani6 June 2011
Srinagar: In a blistering attack on the state’s rulers, noted Indian jurist and head of the revived Kashmir Committee, Ram Jethmalani on Monday described the Omar Abdullah government in J and K as a ‘Nazi’ outfit, which, according to him, had unleashed a reign of lawlessness in the valley under police raj. “Kashmir is plagued by bureaucratic arrogance, lawlessness, administrative paralysis , rampant corruption, unending nepotism and unaccountable governance,” Jethmalani said at a press conference here to wrap up his team’s six day-tour of the valley. “As Indian citizens, we reserve the right to express our views about the deplorable situation in the state,” the jurist, who was accompanied by team members Madhu Kishwar, Waheed-ur-Rahman and VK Grover, said. “We have been pained to see that human rights violations continue in Kashmir, young and innocent children are being arrested, and a climate of terror and all sorts of excesses prevails,” he said. “The elected government in Kashmir has usurped the right of free expression available to every citizen of the country under Indian democracy, and the unending spree of arrests has turned the region restive, angry and resentful,” he said. “The very air of the valley appears insecure,” he said, likening the present situation in Kashmir to the 1975 emergency in India. “Even the homes and offices of media persons are attacked to curtail the freedom of the local press,” he said. Comparing Omar Abdullah’s coalition government to Nazi rule in Germany, Jethmalani said that Kashmir was rife with lawlessness and practically under police raj. The jurist, who is also a BJP leader, asked Omar Abdullah to personally review cases of detention under the PSA and demanded the release of people under illegal custody, saying that he had met numerous families in Kashmir whose members were in jail without trial or charges. He said that he would form a panel of lawyers in Delhi for legal assistance for Kashmiris detained under the Public Safety Act. Jethmalani accused New Delhi of being non-serious over the Kashmir issue, and asserted that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and military presence were not needed in the state’s civilian areas. Jethmalani asked separatist parties here to unite to work for a solution to the Kashmir issue acceptable to all communities and sections in the state. “People in Kashmir are facing great hardships because of differences between the state’s political parties on the Kashmir issue,” he said. “The Kashmiri masses will have to find the solution themselves. The settlement must not be foisted by New Delhi or Islamabad,” he said. Replying to a question, Jethmalani said that all decisions with respect to Kashmir did not come from the centre as, according to him, the state government too made some decisions. “But it cannot be ignored that New Delhi is non-serious about the Kashmir issue and has played an irresponsible role,” he said. When asked whether his Kashmir Committee had the backing of Pakistan, Jethmalani said that he did not have a mandate from anybody but wanted a peaceful and honourable solution to the Kashmir issue.