Geelani’s ‘incomplete’ passport application cannot be processed: MEA

Manohar Parrikar, meanwhile, said Geelani will have to write 'Indian' in the nationality column to apply for the passport.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2015 12:59 am
geelani, geelani passport, mea geelani passport, syed ali shah geelani, syed ali shah geelani passport, geelani news, passport news, ministry of external affairs, manohar parrikar, hurriyat, hurriyat hardliner, hurriyat leader, india news “We have seen media reports of Syed Ali Geelani’s passport application. An incomplete passport application was received from him.,” said an MEA spokesperson.

Amid differences between BJP and PDP over Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani’s request for a passport, the Ministry of External Affairs Thursday said the application cannot be processed in its present form since it was “incomplete”. The Ministry of Home Affairs, meanwhile, said the separatist leader’s application will be processed “on merit”.

Breaking the MEA’s silence on the issue, its spokesperson Vikas Swarup Thursday said: “We have seen media reports of Syed Ali Geelani’s passport application. An incomplete passport application was received from him. Fees were not paid and the biometric details and photographs not submitted. The application cannot be processed in its present form.”

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A Home Ministry spokesperson in Delhi, however, said: “Passport is the right of every Indian citizen and is issued by the MEA after following due process. In case any applicant applies for the passport, he should fulfill all the formalities before his case is processed. As and when the matter is referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, we will process the case on merit.”

The ruling coalition partners in Jammu and Kashmir — BJP and PDP — have been sharply divided over Geelani’s request for a passport, even as former chief minister Omar Abdullah has termed it as a “fixed match” between the two partners.

Last week, the hardline Hurriyat leader applied for a passport at the Regional Passport Office. He wants to travel to Saudi Arabia to meet his ailing daughter Farhat Jabeen.

Though PDP and BJP said a final call on the matter would be taken by the two ministries, the leaders from the saffron party demanded the Hurriyat leader apologise before being allowed to travel abroad on an Indian passport.

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said Geelani should first apologise for his “anti-national” activities and acknowledge that he is an Indian. Mehbooba, however, said the state government would not create any hurdle if passport is issued to the separatist leader, and that no country in the world should prevent a father from meeting his ailing daughter.

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  1. B
    May 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm
    Geelani is playing Govt. of India submitting pport application without photo, complete application and without finger prints. Even if he swears to the sovereignty, integrity and unity of India because of his activities he just does not enled to an Indian Pport.
    1. V
      May 21, 2015 at 10:08 pm
      Let him go and then don't let him back in. He can then go and stay in stan...
      1. Babu Gupta
        May 22, 2015 at 12:36 am
        Geelani forgot that India has very dynamic and patriotic leadership now. It is not Khangress wo will seek muslim support to stay in power. Also this snake should remember that he will be butchered in stan even if he a is muslim but not a SUNNI muslims since all non-sunni muslims are facing cleansing process now which Hindus faced earlier.
        1. b
          May 23, 2015 at 6:00 am
          The pport of anybody who says he is not an Indian should be immediately revoked; this will teach them that living and enjoying life in India they can't wave stani flags. Anybody going to stan and stirring anti Indian problem should not be allowed entry back to India after revocation of pport.
          1. A
            May 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm
            Nobody should be given a pport who do not declare himself as an indian, sign the oath of alligence to nation and its consutin - Matter is simple and should be followed to all / separatism and the State has the right to cancell/defranchize when act against state security or interests! Even with such oath etc many muslims are killing co-ciitzens or waging war against their own citizens/adopted motherlands (US-Aus-EU etc)!!
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