Srinagar: While Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was issued a passport by the Government of India this week, the very purpose of granting it has been negated since his ailing daughter, based in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, has arrived in the Valley.
Hurriyat Conference spokesman Ayaz Akbar said Geelani’s daughter arrived here on Thursday and the amalgam believes issuing the passport now was a “calculated move” by the Indian government to show its “so-called democracy”.
“Geelani Sahib’s daughter came home on Thursday and I am sure issuing the passport is a calculated move. The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia had inquired about the veracity of reports on Geelani Sahib’s ailing daughter,” Akbar told Kashmir Reader.
Geelani’s passport issue had sparked a political debate and divided the ruling PDP-BJP alliance with the latter party strongly opposing issuing him the travel document for his “anti-Indian activities”. However, the PDP was in favour of issuing the passport to Geelani on ‘humanitarian grounds’. Geelani, who had a passport in 2007, 2008 and 2011, had applied for the same in May this year. After one and a half months, he was issued a passport with a limited validity of nine months, apparently to travel to visit his daughter.
According to Ayaz, the Hurriyat is yet to decide on Geelani’s travel and deliberations were going on. “He will travel anywhere and represent the people of Kashmir before the international community. But no final decision has been taken on his travel,” he said.