A Kashmiri human rights activist has alleged that he was not allowed to board a flight by immigration authorities at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday. The 39-year-old activist, Khurram Pervez, said he was supposed to take a flight to Geneva to attend the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Commission session.
“At around 1.30 am, as I was about to board my flight to Geneva, I was stopped at immigration and detained for one-and-a-half hours. The officer had stamped my boarding pass but they subsequently disallowed me to board the flight,” Pervez, chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and programme coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, said.
“Officials told me that due to orders from the Intelligence Bureau, I cannot travel to Geneva,” he claimed. Two of his colleagues, lawyers Parvez Imroz and Kartik Murukutla, were allowed to travel to Geneva. Deputy Commissioner of Police (FRRO) Prabhakar refused to comment on the matter, saying they do not share operational information with the media.
Pervez said he was “only orally informed that immigration officers had instructions that he was not to be arrested, but that he should not be allowed to leave the country.” A statement issued by the JKCCS said he is “not being allowed to travel because he has been highlighting violations of human rights.”
“The Kashmiri members of the delegation, besides attending the UNHRC session, are scheduled to brief UN bodies including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly over the last two months,” the JKCCS said.