Kin’s history no ground for passport denial: Omar

Kin’s history no ground for passport denial: Omar

Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said he will ensure that no person is denied a passport on the basis of his or her relative’s activities.
“I will get to the bottom of this issue because, although this case was highlighted, I must ensure there aren’t others going unnoticed,” Omar wrote on microblogging website Twitter.
The Chief Minister was reacting to local media reports which highlighted the case of one Ruhail Afzal Shiekh — a resident of Kupwara district– who was denied passport due to his father’s links with Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front( JKLF).
Sheikh had applied for a passport as he was going to Britain for interning with a reputed newspaper ‘The Guardian’.
Omar said the rejection of Ruhail’s passport application raises questions on the decision of the CID department as it goes against the state policy.
“That having been said this case raises the wider question of why the CID rejection, against stated policy, happened in the first place,” he said.
Omar said if there was nothing against the person of the applicant, he will be given clearance for issuing a travel document.
“(I) am sure if there is nothing in his own record his relative’s history will not prejudice his passport application,” the Chief Minister added.
Omar said he has inquired into the issue. “It is coming up for review Thursday as he had applied for a review of the rejection”.

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