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Omar favours passport for Geelani

Press Trust Of India
Sep 05, 2011 at 11:48pm IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani should be provided a passport. "Some time back, we have heard from Geelani that he wants a passport. I have conveyed to the Centre that he should not be stopped.

"Whosoever we can provide a passport, we should give him," Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

The Chief Minister's comments on issuing a passport to Geelani, who is often placed under house arrest, came a day after it was revealed that moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had opposed issuance of travel documents to him.

Omar favours passport for Geelani

Omar Abdullah's comments came a day after it was revealed that a moderate Hurriyat leader opposed it.

"When we met Mirwaiz in February, he said it would be a big mistake for the GoI (Government of India) to issue Geelani a passport to travel because he will stir up trouble," a March 2007 US embassy cable had said.

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