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India ‘denies passport’ to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, ‘cites threat to national security’

Narendra Modi has denied a passport to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti citing it as ‘detrimental to the security of India, she said in a tweet on Monday.

The People’s Democratic Party chief said that the regional passport office has refused to issue her a passport on basis of a report by the Criminal Investigation Department.

“Passport Office refused to issue my passport based on CID’s report citing it as ‘detrimental to the security of India. This is the level of normalcy achieved in Kashmir since Aug 2019 that an ex-Chief Minister holding a passport is a threat to the sovereignty of a mighty nation,” her tweet read.

Mehbooba was placed under detention along with hundreds of political leaders across Jammu and Kashmir, since August 2019, when India unilaterally scrapped the special status of the disputed Himalayan region – granted under the Constitution. She was released from a months-long arrest last year.

Mehbooba is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with an alleged money laundering case linked to pro-freedom militancy.

The 61-year-old alleged that she was being targeted over her dissenting views and the government is misusing agencies like the National Investigation Agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.

After being questioned by the ED for five hours last week, Mufti alleged that anyone opposing the current government was “hounded by trumped-up charges” like sedition or money laundering.

Recently, an incarcerated aide of Mehbooba, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, has been accused by the NIA of giving Rs 5 crore to resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah to fuel anti-India dissent in the region in 2015.

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