As the Passport Officer Srinagar on Friday said that the requirements for issuance of Passport in favor of Syed Ali Geelani are incomplete, Hurriyat Conference (G) accused the authorities for forcing its chairman to cancel his Pakistan visit.
Talking to KNS, Firdous Iqbal Passport Officer Srinagar said: “We were approached by his (Geelani) family today as well but since the requirements for issuance of his passport are incomplete we cannot help in this regard.”
Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Geelani who had approached the passport office on Friday in the morning said that he was told that some requirements which are a must before issuing a passport are not complete. “It means the authorities are not in a mood to issue Geelani this vital travel document. This way the authorities are simply forcing him to cancel his scheduled visit to Pakistan,” Naseem said.
Geelani was invited by Kashmir American Council (KAC) Washington DC, to address a seminar titled “Is Kashmir, an Issue of election or Self determination” to be held on May 5 2014 at Islamabad in Pakistan. The Hurriyat (G) chairman had shown willingness to participate in the event provided he is issued the vital travel documents.
Reports maintained that the seminar is aimed to highlight the Kashmir issue in the back drop of elections being held in Kashmir and political changes in the sub-continent. It is also aimed to discuss and debate the various peaceful options to strengthen the struggle for right to self-determination of Kashmiri people. All expenses including boarding and lodging including business class tickets would be provided to foreign delegates attending the conference in Pakistan.