Mirwaiz Denied Passport For OIC Meet

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SRINAGAR: The chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, will not be able to attend this year’s OIC meet being held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo because of “lack of travel documents,” his alliance said on Monday.

The Mirwaiz, who undertook a 12-day political trip to Pakistan at the head of a 7-member delegation in December last year, has not been issued a passport by the government of India for his Egypt trip, it said.

According to the Hurriyat (M), the Mirwaiz had been invited by the OIC secretary general to attend its Cairo meet scheduled to be held on Thursday and Friday.

“It is extremely regrettable that the government of India did not issue travel documents to the Mirwaiz in time for the OIC meet, and as such he cannot travel to Cairo,” a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said.

“This amounts to unwarranted and unjustified curbs on the Hurriyat chairman’s political and diplomatic activities, and a bar on his democratic right to freedom of speech and expression,” he said.

The Mirwaiz has already written to the OIC secretary-general and Egypt government, informing them of his passport denial, the spokesman added.

“In his letter, the Mirwaiz has urged OIC member states to fully support the peaceful struggle of the over 1 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir, and exert pressure on India and Pakistan to take decisive steps to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said. 

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