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Hurriyat conference chairman Syed Geelani’s passport suspended ahead of OIC meet

Geelani was preparing to leave for New York to attend the meet after an invitation was extended to him last week.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/srinagar | Updated: September 23, 2015 9:30 am
Syed Ali Shah Geelani Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

The home ministry on Tuesday decided to suspend Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s passport for four weeks to prevent him from attending a meet organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in New York.

“Yes, we have suspended his passport for four weeks,” confirmed Regional Passport Officer, Srinagar, Firdous Iqbal. When asked why the passport was suspended, Iqbal said, “they will convey this to Geelani”.

Geelani was preparing to leave for New York to attend the meet after an invitation was extended to him last week. Home ministry sources said Geelani was planning to raise the Kashmir issue and “alleged persecution of Muslims in the Valley” at the conference. “This was not agreeable to the government and not in national interest,” said a home ministry official.

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“Geelani will try his level best to represent the voices and concerns of the subjugated Kashmiris,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar had said on Sunday. “He will make the world leaders aware about the serious and grave situation in J&K and will impress upon them the need to work for the resolution of the long pending Kashmir dispute,” he said.

Sources said that Hurriyat moderate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who has also been invited to the OIC meet, may face suspension of his passport if he insists on attending the conference.

The annual coordination meeting of the OIC foreign ministers as well as the meeting of OIC Contact Group of Jammu and Kashmir will be held during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York from September 27 to October 1.

The invitation to Geelani and Farooq had been extended through letters by Director General of Cabinet, OIC, Dr Abdulaziz Alsebail. Mirwaiz too had said that he would attend the meet if the government allowed him to go and would write to the OIC about the current political, social and religious scenario in the state if he wasn’t.

This is not the first time that the two leaders have been invited to the meet. On all earlier occasions, they could not attend the meet as they were not given travel documents by the government.

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  1. Pritivi Raj
    Sep 23, 2015 at 3:41 am
    Pigs cant fly.
    1. K
      Sep 24, 2015 at 10:36 am
      Once you are under forced occupation such things doesn't matter
      1. A
        Asuba kozhai
        Sep 23, 2015 at 3:49 am
        Periyar pundaimavanu of DMK and suba veerapandi poolans will shout But throw them
        1. K
          Sep 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm
          Let him and his chamchas go. Once outside India, revoke there nationality and make them stateless. Let OIC take caee of them as pet.
          1. S
            Sep 23, 2015 at 8:37 am
            If Geelani wants to represent Kashmiries he should go to stan and live there with his brothers .He does not represent Kashmiries . These people use Indian resources and sing songs of stan. They take full advantage of our liberal democracy .Just put him in jail and throw the keys away.
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