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Aug 06, 2013 at 03:22pm IST

J&K: Omar Abdullah govt issues passport to US-bound Sufaira Nazir

Srinagar: Just a day after CNN-IBN highlighted the bureaucratic hassles faced by a 15-year-old girl from Jammu and Kashmir in getting her passport, the state government has issued the document to Sufaira Nazir on Tuesday. Sufaira got admission for a US exchange programme but was denied verification because her uncle had some terror links.

Sufaira, hailing from Budgam district of central Kashmir, had applied for the passport after she got a one-year US scholarship under the India-US youth exchange study programme in March. But Sufaira's dream hit a bureaucratic hurdle after she was denied a passport on the ground that her uncle was a terrorist who surrendered some time back.

"I was happy. I wanted to do well, my uncle was a terrorist but if he is living peacefully now why not me. Why am I being denied an opportunity," Sufaira had said.

"We were let down when she was denied the passport. She was an ambassador for the school," Jammu Kashmir Yateem Trust chairman Zahoor Ahmad Tak had said.

After CNN-IBN reported on the issue, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had promised that Sufaira will not be denied a passport.