MLA Langate ‘denied’ passport
‘Several FIRs lodged against the legislator’
Srinagar, Nov 14: The independent legislator from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency, Engineer Rashid has been “denied passport due to adverse intelligence reports”. This is presumably first time that a mainstream politician has been barred from the documents needed for travelling abroad.
“I had approached Regional Passport Office Srinagar 11 months ago to obtain a passport. Today I sent my colleague to the Passport Office to know the status of my file. However, to my surprise my colleague was told that there was negative report against me,” Rashid told Greater Kashmir.
“Intelligence wing of police vide its report SBK/PP/397-405-100 on my file number A-000821/HDW/75/11 has given adverse report,” he revealed.
Rashid claimed denying passport to him was a gross human rights violation and it speaks volumes about the trust New Delhi has on Kashmiris.
“It vindicates separatist claims that New Delhi doesn’t trust any Kashmiri and it should also serve any eye-opener to mainstream politicians including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who doesn’t get tired by crying that passport will be even issued to the relatives of militants,” the outspoken MLA said.
He said that he will approach High Court soon. “I will not surrender before police and other agencies who want me to remain silent on atrocities committed on masses,” he added.
Police sources said that there were number of FIRs lodged against the legislator including for his alleged links with the militants during the past.
Pertinently, Rashid came into limelight for holding anti-forces protests in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district over alleged human rights abuses after winning 2008 elections. Rashid who has also been participating in funeral processions of slain militants was in the news recently for moving a resolution seeking amnesty for the parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.
The legislator was also invited by Pakistan High Commission on ‘Pakistan Day’ in New Delhi in March this year along with Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone and PDP legislator Molvi Ifitikhar Ansari.
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