J-K girl will get passport, home dept clarifies

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Aug 07, 2013 03:12 IST

The 15-year-old Kashmir girl Sufaira, who was earlier denied passport to fly to US on a one-year scholarship programme because her uncle had militant links, will finally get it as the Jammu & Kashmir home department says her 'verification is clear.'

Sufaira stays in an orphanage in Budgam, 20km from Srinagar, has become an inspiration for the entire orphanage by bagging a scholarship among 40 students selected from India to participate in a one-year long exchange programme  in the US.

She applied for the passport last year after she was selected for the programme. However, her application was annulled because her uncle had links with militancy.

When the matter came to chief minister Omar Abdullah's notice, he immediately asked the CID to look into Sufaira's case and revert with the facts.

He even tweeted on the micro-blogging site, "Needless to say she will not be denied a passport because of her uncle's past. All such pending cases of previous denials are being cleared."

Later, a spokesman of the CID wing of the home department clarified that Sufaira had applied for passport on April 25, 2013. As per the procedures, the verification rolls of the applicant were sent to the district police and the special branch of the CID.

Later, the CID received a clear verification in favour of the applicant even though one of her relations had militancy background. He said the current policy of the state government related to the verification of the passport cases is very clear and a number of such cases had been reviewed and cleared.


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