Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:36. Srinagar: CNS

The government has denied passport to an engineer, who was to join a
software firm in the United States, stating that his father was an active
member of the pro-freedom Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front at the
beginning of militant struggle during nineties.

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

“I completed B.Tech in Information Technology from NIT Hazratbal Srinagar.
It was my good luck and hard work that I was selected in one of the top US
multinational Software Company ‘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 says.

“I presented many applications to IG CID for my clearance but still my file
isn’t being cleared. I don’t know why the government is starting projects
like Udaan for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir while thousands of educated
youth are being denied passports, depriving them from securing good job
outside India,” Asrar says.

He says that he needs the passport to join the company. “All my pleas and
requests are being turned down by authorities. I fail to understand if my
father was affiliated with JKLF, why am I being punished,” Asrar says while
making an appeal to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to look into the matter.


source- kashmir dispatch