Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani issued passport by government

The issuance of a passport to Geelani had triggered a controversy, with BJP leaders saying that Geelani should apologise for his “anti-India activities”.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: July 22, 2015 12:46 pm
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Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Tuesday issued a passport by the Regional Passport Officer. However, Hurriyat said that they had not received the passport yet.

Regional Passport Officer, Firdous Iqbal told The Indian Express that Geelani has been issued a passport.

“Yes, we have issued the passport to Syed Ali Geelani. The passport has been dispatched to his address,” he said adding that the passport was of “short validity”.

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Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar, however, said he was not aware of any development about the passport. “We have not received any information from them (the passport office) so far,” he said. “I don’t know whether it has been issued or not.”

The issuance of a passport to Geelani had triggered a controversy, with BJP leaders saying that Geelani should apologise for his “anti-India activities”.

The Peoples Democratic Party, however, has been supporting the demand for a passport on humanitarian grounds and said it would take up the issue with the Centre. Soon after the controversy over the issuance of passport to Geelani broke out, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said that the separatist leader should be issued a passport as he wanted to meet his ailing daughter.

From the start, separatist leaders from the state have termed the debate as a humanitarian issue concerning a father who wishes to meet his ailing daughter.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the Centre would consider the issue once he completes the required formalities. Geelani had already completed the formalities at the Regional Passport Office last month.

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  1. A
    Oct 12, 2015 at 2:28 am
    Mr Sa Mufti, who is propagating hating campaign India and who is hating whom ?
    1. K
      Jul 22, 2015 at 8:22 am
      How can India deny Pport, you must see the UN resolutions on Kashmir if indians are not adhering then kashmiri can print their own pport and travel as per Geneva convention like Afghan refugees , Tibetans ,Palastines ,Ukrainians and so on as they are not Indian or stan citizens .This is their descency that they are doing it through political means
      1. N
        Jul 22, 2015 at 10:42 am
        At last,the government of the day has conceded and the reasons are not made known. It is not correct to issue a pport to a person who does not want to say that he is a citizen but who wants to enjoy the benefits that accrue. When he is not willing to concede why should our govt. comply with his diktat. We feel ashamed that he has been issued with a pport albeit for nine months.
        1. A
          Jul 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm
          highly shameful and anti-national act by the government of india. every true indian condemns this
          1. Agastya M
            Jul 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm
            I have read UN resolution. stan must withdraw forces to pre independence lines. All other matters India has right of say.
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