No clearance for Malik’s Nepal visit - The New Indian Express

No clearance for Malik’s Nepal visit

Published: 08th October 2013 10:22 AM

Last Updated: 08th October 2013 10:22 AM

Controversial separatist leader and Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik was detained at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday.

Sources said Malik was headed to Kathmandu but he was denied immigration clearance. Malik came under the scanner of the Home Ministry and other intelligence agencies after he shared the dais with 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad earlier in February this year.  His meeting with Saeed during the 24-hour hunger strike in Islamabad to mourn Afzal Guru’s hanging had courted controversy and central agencies had quizzed before putting him under house arrest after he returned from Pakistan on March 9.

“He was not detained but immigration stopped  him from boarding a flight to Kathmandu. He was allowed to return to Srinagar immediately. Malik said he wanted to visit Kathmandu to meet his wife and daughter without the valid documents,” sources said.

JKLF in a statement said Malik’s wife Mushal and Daughter Razia had approached Indian High Commission in Islamabad for visa but they have not received any response since last 9 months. Sources said Malik’s justification, that he did not invite Saeed to join the protest in Islamabad, was not satisfactory as he not only protested against the government decision on a foreign soil but also shared podium with one of the most-wanted terrorist.

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