Yasin Malik's passport may be revoked

Yasin Malik

JKLF chief Yasin Malik's passport is likely to be revoked by the government after he shared the stage with Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan while protesting against Afzal Guru's execution.

Security agencies will interrogate the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader, who is on a visit to Pakistan, when he returns to India, top officials said on Tuesday, making it very clear that Malik's hobnobbing with Saeed and indulging in political activities against India in Pakistan have not gone down well with the government.

Malik will be subjected to detailed questioning about his activities in the neighbouring country including his meeting with Saeed and other leaders who are inimical to India's interests.

"We are conducting a thorough inquiry. When the report will come, we will take appropriate action against him (Malik)," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said.

Ministry of External Affairs also said "careful and prompt action" will be taken if the Home Ministry requests it for revoking or impounding Malik's passport.

"We issue passport on the basis of no objection certificate given by security agencies. Should we get such a request (for revoking or impounding Malik's passport), we will carefully and promptly take action," official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The "limited validity" passport was only issued to Malik after receiving a "no objection certificate" from various security agencies, he said.

According to sources, Malik's passport will expire March end while his month-long Pakistani visa is valid till February 26.

The sources said a person carrying Indian passport getting involved in political activities and staging protests on foreign soil against a decision of Indian government is a clear case of passport rules violation.

On the basis of the ongoing inquiry, Malik's questioning and inputs received from various agencies, the Home Ministry is likely to recommend to MEA to revoke his passport and may not allow him to visit Pakistan again.

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