India denied travel documents to APHC Chairman Geelani to visit Pakistan


Srinagar, MTT news Desk: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), while denouncing the denial of travel documents to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has termed it as unconstitutional, unjustified and added, Omer Abdullah and its administration to explain why Syed Ali Shah Geelani is not being allowed to move outside and why undue restrictions are being imposed during his stay at his residence.

APHC in its statement has explained that pro freedom leader had no political agenda, instead wanted to condole Jamat e Islami Pakistan and the bereaved family of late Qazi Hussain Ahmad. Refuting their tall claims to uphold ethics of democracy, the authorities while denying the necessary travel documents have denied the right to freedom and citizenship rights, said spokesman and added, there remains no doubt that their belief in democracy has proved to be a hoax.

APHC spokesman in press statement said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani had expressed his will to visit Pakistan to extend his condolence and for this purpose even submitted a reminder on 8th January.

Spokesman said that 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 the said department and added it a clear indication that there is no change in their policy with regards to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and authorities in Delhi and Omer Abdullah are in no mood to provide the travel documents.

Spokesman in his statement has mentioned that other leaders affiliated with the Hurriyat too have submitted their applications and documents for issuance of passport but since last one and half year the authorities on the pretext that verification from intelligence is awaited, are not issuing the requisite travel documents.

Spokesman has strongly condemned the attitude of the authorities and added that why Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other leaders affiliated with his organization are not being issued the said documents and denied this right and why they are being subjected to political vengeance? Spokesman in an explanation has sought a reply from authorities that, is this because Syed Ali Shah Geelani does not believe in hypocrisy in politics and or he always pleaded the Kashmir case in an unambiguous manner.

Spokesman said that undue restrictions have been imposed on political activities of Syed Ali Shah Geelani because of his zealous spirits and passion for freedom struggle and his movement prohibited because of the apprehension lest world may become aware about the real and grave situation in Kashmir.

Terming the denial of authorities as suppression of basic human rights and in its appeal to Amnesty International has urged to take cognizance of this serious matter and impress Indian authorities to give due regard to basic rights and furnish the travel documents to political leaders.

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