Authorities deny passport to B-tech Kashmiri student

Srinagar, July 31 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have barred a Kashmiri student to join US-based multinational company by not issuing passport in his favour citing that his father was an active supporter of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front during 90s.

Mehraj-ul-Asrar Bhawani, son of Bashir Ahmed of Dooru Shahabad, Islamabad, who presently resides in Burzulla area of Srinagar, told newsmen there are thousands of such cases in Kashmir where people particularly educated youth are being denied passport on the grounds better known to everyone.

He said that he completed B.Tech in Information Technology from NIT, Hazratbal, in Srinagar. He said that it was his good luck and hard work that he was selected in one of the top US multinational Software Companies ‘Aricent’ as Software Engineer. “I had applied for the passport in May 2012 but when I visited the CID for my clearance they said that passport would not be issued in my favour as my father was a member of JKLF from 1990 to 1999, he said.

He said that he desperately needed passport to join the company. “All my pleas and requests are being turned down by the authorities. I fail to understand if my father was affiliated with JKLF, what is the fault of mine and why the authorities are reluctant to issue passport to me”, Mehraj-ul-Asrar said.

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