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India clears visas for Malik’s Pakistani family

Shishir Gupta & Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  New Delhi/Srinagar, October 10, 2013
First Published: 00:20 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 02:06 IST(10/10/2013)

India has approved granting visas to Hurriyat Conference leader Yasin Malik’s Pakistani wife Mushal Mullick, mother-in-law Rehana Mullick and 19-month-old daughter Razia Sultana to travel from Islamabad to Srinagar via New Delhi.

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Union home ministry (MHA) sources said that visas of Mushal and Rehana Mullick were cleared even before the Hurriyat Conference leader was not allowed by IGIA immigration to proceed to Kathmandu on October 9, 2013 apparently to meet his wife and daughter.

The normal process for Pakistani visitors to get visas for India is that the application is sent to the MHA which then forwards it to the Intelligence Bureau and the CID of the concerned state police. After getting reports from the IB and CID, MHA then forwards the application to the ministry of external affairs.

When contacted at Khansahib, 80 km from Islamabad, on phone by Hindustan Times, Mushal Mullick said she had no information about her visa coming through. She said no one had intimated her or her family.

On his part, Yasin Malik said: “When I was travelling to Nepal, the officials stopped me and asked for identity proof. I asked him if he knows who I am, he said yes.

I told them I have a state subject document and copy of my driving license. I told them I had applied for passport in March 2013 but it has not been issued. They accepted neither and sent me back.” Home ministry officials say that Malik should have carried voter I-card if he wanted to go to Nepal.

Yasin’s passport has specifically not been renewed as he shared dais with 26/11 prime accused and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad to mourn the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru last February 9 in New Delhi.

The Centre is in no mood to issue fresh passports to separatists leaders like Mirwaiz Umer Farooq or Abdul Gani Bhat, who had applied for a new passport in January and July this year respectively.

While Pakistan does not want Hurriyat leaders to talk to New Delhi apart from reiterating the need for a tripartite dialogue and implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir, the Centre believes that the movement has become marginalised as it can neither stop violence in Kashmir or get Islamabad to restore tranquility on the borders.

New Delhi’s dialogue with Hurriyat is frozen after key interlocutor Fazal-ul-Haq Qureshi was shot at by LeT terrorists on December 4, 2009. Qureshi, involved in secret dialogue with MHA, has been paralysed since.


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