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Passport Rejection: Mehbooba likely to challenge decision at a higher forum

Srinagar, Mar 30: Two days after Regional Passport Office rejected her passport application, citing adverse CID verification, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti is likely to challenge the decision at a higher forum.

Sources within the party told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Mehbooba may approach higher forum to defend her passport application which was rejected by the passport office Srinagar citing adverse verification.

They termed the alleged denial of travel document to PDP president and her elderly mother, Gulshan Nazir as political vendetta.

“She (Mehbooba Mufti) after discussing the issue with her lawyer may approach at the higher forum,” sources said.

Pertinently, the passport application of Mehbooba Mufti and her mother, Gulshan Nazir, wife of former Union Home Minister and two-times Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, was rejected following an adverse CID report.

The Regional Passport Office here had informed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti in a letter on March 26 that her application for a passport was rejected on the basis of the “adverse” police verification report.

The Passport Officer also informed the former Chief Minister that the CID of the Union Territory had recommended against granting a passport to her.

The letter said Mufti can appeal against the decision at a higher forum provided by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)—(KNO)

 

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