Hurriyat (G) flays denial of travel documents to Geelani

Srinagar, Jan 16: Hurriyat Conference (G) has denounced the denial of travel documents to Syed Ali Shah Geelani to visit Pakistan to extend condolences to the bereaved family of former Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who passed away recently.
Terming the denial of passport to Geelani as unconstitutional and unjustified step by New Delhi, a spokesman of the Hurriyat, in a statement today, said, “When Geelani stays in Valley he is continuously placed under house arrest and when he wishes to go outside, he is not permitted to leave.  He had no political agenda behind his proposed visit to Pakistan for which he has been denied travel documents. He simply wanted to condole Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan and the bereaved family of late Qazi Hussain Ahmad.”
The spokesman alleged that by denying travel documents, the government had denied Geelani his right to freedom and citizenship rights. Geelani had applied for travel documents on January 8, 2013, to visit Pakistan.
“Passport office in its response had replied that they need permission from higher ups and indicated that the Hurriyat office would be informed in due course of time. Even after a lapse of one week no intimation has been provided by RPO,” said the spokesman, adding “it is a clear indication that there is no change in their policy with regard to Syed Ali Geelani and authorities in Delhi and Omar Abdullah are in no mood to provide the travel documents to him.”
“Other leaders affiliated with the Hurriyat too have submitted their applications along with all necessary documents for obtaining passports. But for the last one and half year the authorities on the pretext that verification from intelligence agencies is awaited, are not issuing the requisite travel documents to them too,” said the spokesman, appealing to the Amnesty International to take cognizance of the matter and impress upon New Delhi to give due regard to basic rights and furnish the travel documents to political leaders.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has paid glowing tributes to noted pro-freedom leader and militant commander Ghulam Rasool Dar alias Riyaz Rasool on his eighth martyrdom anniversary, describing him a versatile personality and a great scholar who had devoted his whole life to the cause of Islam and freedom.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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