Geelani should declare himself Indian: Parrikar

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Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar, who will begin his two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir has said Hurriyat G Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani should declare himself an Indian, if he wants to get a passport.

Parrikar made the comments at the ‘Manthan’ conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak. “If he wants to apply for a passport, he will have to fill the form and declare he is Indian, that will be the first round of victory… all separatists should be made to apply for a passport,” he said.

The External Affairs Ministry has rejected the passport application of Hurriyat leader as he had not mentioned his nationality in the formGeelani had sought a passport to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia.

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