Indian Govt yet to decide on issuance of passport to Gilani

Srinagar, May 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the forum patronized by the veteran Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Gilani, submitted a reminder to the Indian authorities on Friday for issuance of passport to the veteran leader but the Indian authorities are yet to decide on the matter. Syed Ali Gilani and his wife had submitted an online application for passport so that they could travel to Saudi Arabia to visit their ailing daughter.

Both had mentioned that one of their daughters, Farhat Jabeen Gilani, who is living in Jeddah, is suffering from some acute ailment and that the visit was purely personal and not political.“We are hopeful that passport will be issued to Syed Ali Gilani,” said Ayaz Akbar, the spokesman of the forum.

“This is purely a humanitarian issue. We are waiting for green signal from the authorities. So far we have not been conveyed anything officially or unofficially about the matter,” he added. On the other hand, the Home Secretary of the occupied territory, B R Sharma, told Srinagar-based English daily that he had no idea about the issue.

Syed Ali Gilani was first issued passport in 1980 and he participated in an International Islamic Conference in the US. On the same passport, he performed Hajj in 1981. His passport was seized in 1983 for his alleged anti-India speeches. In 1995 and 2005, the veteran leader was given passport for Hajj. In 2007, the authorities issued him passport for treatment in the US, however, he was denied visa for his criticism of American policy in Iraq.

In 2011, Syed Ali Gilani applied for passport to travel abroad for specialized treatment for his kidney ailment. However, the travel documents were refused by the puppet regime saying that he failed to fulfil all requirements. In 2013, he was again refused the passport to travel to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the forum spokesman expressed deep concern over the failure of the puppet regime to arrest the killers of 11th class student, Umar Qayoom Butt of Soura, who was killed in custody by Indian police in 2010. He appealed to the world human rights organizations to take serious notice of this issue and use their influence to ensure that parents of the victim got justice. “The killers of the student have been identified but the authorities are shielding them by misusing the state machinery and no case has been filed against them so far,” he added.

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