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Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, November 13, 2012
A remark from his paternal uncle once again embarrassed Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. A day after Mustafa Kamal called the Indian government the biggest enemy of the state, Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter: “Funny thing is I don’t need anyone to make things difficult for me when I have relatives to do it for me. They say never work with animals & children. I think it’s safe to add relatives to that list as well.”

Addressing a public meeting in Jammu's Kishtwar division on Sunday, Kamal, who is additional general secretary of ruling the National Conference on Sunday said the Government of India is an “enemy of the state”. He also accused troops of disturbing the peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kamal has made embarrassing remarks in the past as well. Exactly a year ago National Conference president Farooq Abdullah had asked his younger brother Mustafa Kamal to quit the party posts of additional general secretary and chief spokesman hours after a derogatory remark on Rahul Gandhi.

Kamal had said that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi “has no role in running the Jammu and Kashmir government”. His statement came in response to a remark by J&K Congress chief Saifuddin Soz, who said Gandhi was not happy with the governance in the state.

Kamal was advised to exercise restraint and follow the party line on all issues.