Espionage racket: Separatist leader backed visa for Kafaitullah Khan

Admitting he had issued the letter to Khan, Sartaj said he issues such letters to help anyone who wants to visit relatives in Pakistan.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: December 2, 2015 1:56:39 am

Two days before Delhi Police Crime Branch officials apprehended him from New Delhi station on charges of espionage, Kafaitullah Khan had received a recommendation letter for a visa to visit Pakistan from a Jammu-based separatist leader.

In the recommendation letter, dated November 25, Mohammad Sharief Sartaj, president of Jammu Kashmir Freedom Movement, requested Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner at Delhi to issue a visa for Khan who wanted to visit his relatives in the neighbouring country.

Two days later, Khan was arrested at Delhi station while he was on his way to Bhopal. Sartaj, who also publishes an Urdu daily Rah-e-Manzil in Talab Khatikan area, was the provincial president of Muslim Conference from 1987-2008. He later floated the Jammu Kashmir Freedom Movement, “as most people from the Jammu region, especially non-Muslims, were not prepared to back Muslim Conference”.

Admitting he had issued the letter to Khan, Sartaj said he issues such letters to help anyone who wants to visit relatives in Pakistan.

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