The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has suspended the passport of Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad for a period of four weeks over his proposed visit to Iraq. The MEA has also asked Jawwad to explain as to why his passport should not be impounded or revoked beyond the suspension period.
Jawwad along with six others of Anjuman-e-Haideri were detained at Delhi airport when they were on to board a flight to Iraq on November 24. Jawwad had later slammed his detention and claimed that the delegation wanted to meet Iraq Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Shia cleric Ayatollah Syed Ali Siestani. He had claimed that the delegation also wanted to make efforts to release Indian workers held captive by ISIS terrorists.
Jawwad, who had received a letter from the MEA, has been asked to surrender his passport at Lucknow passport office. The suspension order is effective from Nov. 23.