Govt Agrees to Issue Passport to Geelani?


SRINAGAR: Government of India has reportedly agreed to issue passport to octogenarian separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani to visit his ailing daughter Farhat Jabeen Geelani, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

MoS PMO, Jitendra Singh told reporters that, “Law is clear on the provisions to be made on humanitarian grounds.” He also added saying that Geelani will have to go through similar clearance procedure like any citizens and no special provisions will be made.

Quoting unnamed sources CNS said that Ministry of Home Affairs has given its nod and has agreed to issue passport in favor of Geelani on humanitarian grounds. Earlier, BJP Kashmir spokesperson Khalid Jahangir had earlier said that passport cannot be given to Geelani until he apologizes for his mistakes in the past 25 years. His statement has invited him wrath from the separatist camps.

Meanwhile, another BJP leader Jugal Kishor told reporters in Jammu that the decision to issue passport to Geelani will be taken by Centre.

Hurriyat G spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told CNS that they have not received any information about the issuance of passport in favour of Geelani Sahab. “It is our compulsion to travel on Indian document. Freedom to movement is our birth right but Indian occupational forces deny this right to the people of Kashmir,” he said. 

Seeking Indian Passport Compulsion: Huriyat (G)

Srinagar:  Huriyat Conference (G) today termed the passport row as ‘uncalled’ for said applying for the Indian passport in Kashmir is a compulsion.

“It is a simple issue that is being made complicated. Indeed it is a compulsion for us to apply for an Indian passport from Kashmir. We have to use even Indian currency here. The debate being generated over the issuance of passport to Syed Ali Geelani is unfortunate and condemnable,” said Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar.

He added that the amalgam would not beg for the passport as it is the right of every person to travel. “If the passport is denied to Syed Ali Geelani- it would indeed be the worst HR violation exhibited by the Indian state in Kashmir. How could issuance of the travel document to any person wanting to meet his ailing daughter become a TV debate,” Akbar said, adding that despite curbs being imposed on Geelani’s movement, it is illogical that authorities want him to fulfill the procedure for the passport.

Government has to lift curbs on Geelani’s movement to claim that it would facilitate the issuance of vital travel document. (KNS)

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