After denial Kashmiri athletes granted US visa

After denial Kashmiri athletes granted US visa

SRINAGAR: Two Kashmiri Snowshoers have been granted visa to the US on Friday after being denied travel permission last month.
Tanveer Hussain, a snowshoe athlete, and his manager Abid Khan would represent India in the world snowshoe championship to be held in the US. Khan who was in New Delhi confirmed they were granted visa by the US embassy.
He told Kashmir Reader that the local Mayor of village of Sarnac lake Clyde Rabidea, personally pursued their case with the US embassy in India and helped them to get US visa.
“Today we submitted our passports at visa officer in US embassy and on February 22 we will receive visa,” Khan said.
He said they would leave for the US either on February 22 or 23.
Tanveer had represented India at many forums including snow championship in Italy last year.
The US embassy had denied visa to a Kashmiri athlete citing reasons of the ‘current policy’, apparently referring to US President Donald Trump’s recent ban on Muslim immigrants from seven countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs, however, had denied the US ban behind rejection of the visas to Kashmiri athletes.

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