Only ‘illiterates’ can call Hurriyat leaders separatists: Ram Jethmalani


Veteran Supreme Court lawyer and BJP MP, Ram Jethmalani on Sunday said that it was “gross misunderstanding to call Hurriyat leaders, separatists.”

Talking to reporters in Delhi, Jethmalani said those who called Hurriyat leaders separatists were ‘illiterate.’

He said, ” Only illiterate people in government and in other parties call them separatists.”

The senior lawyer criticised his own party’s the government’s reluctance to allow Hurriyat leaders to meet the Pakistani High Commission.

Jethmalani said, “The High Commissioner of Pakistan to India is from a sovereign country. How can you stop him from meeting someone?”

The NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for 23 August was called off on Saturday night after Pakistan refused to send its National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz, to New Delhi arguing that India had put too many ‘preconditions’ for the talks.

India had called Pakistan’s decision as ‘unfortunate.’


Jethmalani’s comments have evoked sharp reactions from social media users. He was one of the top trends soon after his comment began to splashed on the micro blogging site.

The outspoken lawyer was recently in the news after he called the Supreme Court’s decision in Uphaar fire tragedy as the best judgement ‘the SC has delivered.’ His alleged disparaging comments for one of the family members of Uphaar victims, Neelam Krishnamoorthy had earned him widespread criticism with many calling the jibe ‘utterly insensitive.’