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Authorities debar Justice (retd) Geelani of PoK from entering Valley
SRINAGAR, Jan 5: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have withdrawn triple entry permit of Justice (Retired) Mansoor Hussain Geelani, a resident of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) and a human right activist, for violating the rule.

Justice Geelani has already been informed about the withdrawal of the travel permit by the concerned authority in Srinagar through their Muzzaffarabad counterpart, well informed sources said, adding that his three year long permit has been cancelled because he had violated the rules laid down for issuing the same.

Denying the charges, he said that he respects the ‘Indian laws’ and said he has been visiting his native village in Kashmir since 1994. Reports indicate that Justice Geelani will be lodging a protest with Indian authorities through Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan.

Last year in August, he visited Kashmir by, Carvaan e Aman, the cross LoC bus, and, according to sources, Justice Geelani had splurged in contemptible political activity during his stay in the valley.

Incidentally, the cross border bus service was launched on April 7, 2005 for the advantage of divided families of two Kashmirs, however, it is for the first time that the travel document of an individual has been annulled.

Born in 1915, Justice Geelani, originally belonged to Karnah in Kupwara district and obtained his bachelors in law (LLB) degree from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He went across the Line of Control (LoC) in 1976 and settled there. He retired as the Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court in PoK.

In 2015, he was appointed as a member of high profile institution of Pakistan, Islamic Ideological Council (IIC). Justice Geelani is also chairman of Association for the Rights of People of Jammu and Kashmir at present, a PAK based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).

News Updated at : Saturday, January 6, 2018
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