Amidst the controversy surrounding the issuance of passport to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, former Chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A K Dulat Friday said that Geelani does not need a passport and is only creating issue out of it.
“Geelani is creating issue out of it. If at all he is in need of the passport he should have completed all the formalities. I can say that he is not interested in actually getting a passport but is creating issue out of it,” Dulat told KNS over phone from New Delhi.
He said that Geelani has once been a mainstream politician and had a passport mentioning Indian nationality. “If at all Geelani has left the nationality space blank then it is strange. When Geelani was in mainstream he had a passport and had shown Indian as his nationality,” he said and added that now if he again wants a passport he should complete all the formalities.
it is pertinent to mention here that issuance of passport to Geelani has kicked off a controversy in Kashmir with PDP and BJP, the coalition partners in the state, having diametrically opposite views on it.
While PDP says Geelani should be given passport on “humanitarian” grounds to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia, BJP insists that he should not be given the travel document till he “apologizes” for his “anti-national” activities.
Meanwhile, the Centre Friday said that it will consider the passport application of Geelani only after he completes the formalities.