Omar Abdullah favours passport for Geelani
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.
"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.