Permit of former PaK CJ cancelled

Tariq Naqashb
Muzaffarabad, Publish Date: Dec 29 2017 11:10PM | Updated Date: Dec 29 2017 11:10PM
Permit of former PaK CJ cancelled

The permit for intra-Kashmir travel of renowned jurist of AJK Syed Manzoor Hussain Gillani has been cancelled.

The decision about Gillani, a former acting chief justice of the AJK Supreme Court, was conveyed by an unnamed official dealing with intra-Kashmir travel in Srinagar to his counterpart in Muzaffarabad by email. 

“… It is to inform you that Syed Manzoor Hussain Gillani, bearing permit number 65900 had arrived Jammu and Kashmir on 21/08/2017 via crossing point Kaman who has violated the norms at cross LoC travel during [his] stay at J&K. His permit is cancelled. In view of the above, it is requested not to issue further LoC permit to the individual,” reads the email. 

In accordance with the message, Gillani was informed in writing by an official of the AJK Cross LoC Travel and Trade Authority (Tata) that his [multiple entry] permit had been cancelled.

Gillani was born in Kashmir, where he did his graduation from Baramulla and earned law degree from Aligarh Muslim University in 1970.

Shortly after starting legal practice in Srinagar, he migrated to AJK in 1976.

Here he was appointed Advocate General in 1986 and later as High Court judge in 1991.

He held the position of AJK High Court Chief Justice from 2001 to 2004, before his elevation to the AJK Supreme Court.

In 2010, he retired as acting Chief Justice of the apex court.

From 1984 to 2012, Gillani travelled to India and Kashmir on Pakistani passport on five occasions, after obtaining Indian visas.

After the launch of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service in 2005, he has also been a regular visitor to India, travelling across the divide almost every year and sometime twice a year through Chakothi-Uri crossing point (Kaman bridge).

Last time he was there in August for four weeks.

When contacted, Gillani said the decision was shocking for him because he had a vast circle of friends and family members throughout Kashmir and India.

“In fact I am at a loss to understand as to what ‘norms’ I have violated during my last visit, except for holding formal and informal meetings and interactions with old friends, organisations and forums,” he said.

 “The change appears to be reflection of hostile attitude of BJP government against the Kashmiris and Pakistan; Otherwise there was nothing ‘abnormal or unusual’ in my visit and interactions,” he added.

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