I have applied for passport only through online: Geelani

I have applied for passport only through online: Geelani

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Senior separatist leader and Huriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said he has submitted his passport form online and he is yet to go for the biometric procedure due to restrictions placed on him by the police.

Talking to KNS, Geelani said till now he has only submitted his passport application form online and that until his house detention is not ended, he will not go for the biometric procedure.  “My residence has been converted into a garrison. I am under house arrest. There is a large number police party outside my gate- until, I am not freed, I can’t fulfill the formalities,” Geelani said.

He maintained that the media hype given to the issue of his passport was uncalled for and an attempt to complicate the situation.

The octogenarian Huriyat Chairman said passport is his right and the issue must not be given the political colour. “We live under occupation and it is indeed our compulsion to seek passport under the present system,” Geelani told KNS.

Pertinently, police earlier said that the separatist leader should first complete formalities for the purpose of passport.

A senior police officer told KNS that Geelani has not given his biometrics at the passport office yet. “He shall go to passport office to give his biometrics. He is free to go to the passport office. Till he doesn’t give his biometric he can’t be given the passport. Even prime minister and chief ministers have to go to passport office to give their biometrics,” said the senior cop.

India’s rejection of a passport for Syed Ali Geelani has sparked a row after he refused to identify himself as Indian.

Geelani, who has been under house arrest for most of the last five years, had wanted to see his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia.

Note: The earlier version of this story was: “I haven’t applied for passport yet, says Geelani”. But the story was later updated by the source agency Kashmir News Service.