Ram Jethmalani Visit Triggers Storm In Kashmir7 June 2011
Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) party has asked the Omar Abdullah government not to allow Kashmir committee (KC) chairman and noted Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani to enter the state “to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere and derail the peace process”. “The government should not allow people like Ram Jethmalani to enter the state during summers because they come here to misguide and hoodwink the people, and also derail the process of peace in Jammu & Kashmir,” a NC spokesperson said. NC was reacting to Jethmalani’s statement drawing parallel between Nazi Germany and Jammu and Kashmir government. KC chairman on Monday told reporters that “the horror stories in Kashmir were even unheard of in Nazi Germany”. “We heard alarming reports of bureaucratic insolence, total lawlessness and virtual breakdown of civil administration, coupled with unprecedented corruption, brazen nepotism and total lack of accountability of government,” KC chairman stated at the end of his five-day visit to Kashmir. The NC spokesperson said Jethmalani is probably out of his mind to suggest Nazi rule is prevalent in J&K. “The state where 80 per cent of the electorate is participating in panchayat elections after nearly three decades can by no stretch of imagination be termed as a Nazi rule”, he said. The spokesperson said people like Ram Jethmalani, Arundhati Roy and Gautam Navlakha at the behest of political mercenaries like Madhu Kishwar visit Kashmir to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. “Ram Jethmalani should first convince his own party, the BJP, to support the reduction of troops and also raise the demand for withdrawal of AFSPA before he convince anybody else,” he said. “Omar Abdullah and his government do not need any certificate from disgruntled, frustrated and politically rejected people like Ram Jethmalani, a man who has failed to even win the Supreme Court Bar Association elections,” he said. Yasin Malik’s JKLF too has jumped the bandwagon of criticizing Jethmalani saying he has lost credibility. “When Yasin Malik was admitted in AIIMS Delhi, Jethmalani and Kishwar came to meet him and urged him to contest polls. Jethmalani real motives stand exposed”, a JKLF spokesperson said.