Omar's NC Describes Ram Jethmalani As Broker, Condemns His Meeting With Separatists

Omar's NC Describes Ram Jethmalani As Broker, Condemns His Meeting With Separatists

8 August 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

New Delhi: The ruling National Conference on Wednesday described Ram Jethmalani as a broker who was in Kashmir to drum up support for Peoples Democratic Party and Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. 'The mask of credibility of Jethmalani has slipped and it is now clear that his mission is to drum up support for Mufti,' NC spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said. Reports carried by a section of the press in the Valley said Jethmalani during his meeting with separatist leaders urged them to join hands with former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to get the issue of Kashmir settled with New Delhi. 'Now it is proven beyond doubt that this BJP MP has no love for the Kashmiri people or their cause, he is here for the furtherance of their agenda to abolish Article 370 with the help of Mufti,' the spokesman said. 'The fact that a BJP MP has come all the way from Delhi to garner support for the PDP shows where their loyalties lie and how anti-Kashmiri PDP, BJP and now their newfound friends are,' he added. NC has also hit at the separatist camp terming their meeting with Jethmalani as 'shameful.' 'It is shameful on their part to interact with a broker like Ram Jethmalani whose sole aim is to get Mufti back to power.' 'The separatist and the so called proponents of Azadi should come clean on the reported deal between them and Mufti,' the NC said. The Kashmiri Committee, of which Jethmalani is the president, in a statement issued in New Delhi rejected the allegations. 'Our recent visit to Srinagar and our meetings with various political leaders was not aimed at proposing any 'compromise formula' or any particular solution to any of the leaders, as mistakenly reported in several Kashmir papers. That is NOT our mandate,' said a statement issued by Madhu Kishwar of Kashmir Committee. 'I would also like to clarify that neither anybody in the government nor any of the political leaders of Kashmir have authorized us to bring separatist leaders to come around to accepting the PDP Self Rule document as a starting point for resolution of the Kashmir problem as wrongly reported in several Kashmir papers. This is a total misrepresentation of our mission,' she added.