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PDP demands passport for Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani  

The ruling PDP on Wednesday announced that it would ask the Centre to issue a passport for separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia. Opposing coalition partner BJP’s demand that Mr Geelani apologise for his anti-India activities, the PDP said the issue needs to be “dealt with from a humanitarian point of view.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan has come out in support of Mr Geelani and said it was ready to extend “every possible assistance.” In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan has not only termed the travel restrictions imposed on the separatist leader as “unfortunate”, but has also accused the Indian media of playing up what it terms as a “humanitarian issue”.

The statement issued on Wednesday reads: “The Government and the people of Pakistan sympathise with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is unable to travel to Saudi Arabia to see his daughter in Jeddah due to travel restrictions imposed on him.”

Indian officials are yet to react to the statement issued by Pakistan, but have maintained that the Ministry of External Affairs will take a call on Mr. Geelani's request for travel permission based on facts.

Travel curbs unfortunate, says Pakistan

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Pakistan has not only termed the travel restrictions imposed on the separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani as “unfortunate”, but has also accused the Indian media of playing up what it terms as a “humanitarian issue”.

The Hurriyat leader had applied for a passport to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia.

The statement says: “We have received the news about the critical illness of the daughter of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. We are concerned over her health condition and pray for her speedy recovery. The Government and the people of Pakistan sympathise with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is unable to travel to Saudi Arabia to see his daughter in Jeddah due to travel restrictions imposed on him. The Government of Pakistan stands ready to extend every possible assistance to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his family.” The statement also says it “is unfortunate that a humanitarian issue is being played up in the Indian media.”

Indian officials are yet to react to the statement issued by Pakistan, but have maintained that the Ministry of External Affairs will take a call on Mr. Geelani's request for travel permission based on facts.


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