Visa Controversy: Geelani may be questioned confirms MHA

New Delhi: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani may be questioned by the Delhi Police in connection with the visa recommendation given to an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was planning to bomb Delhi, Home Secretary R K Singh said today.
When asked by reporters whether Geelani would be questioned in connection with the case, Singh said he would be questioned, if the probe requires.
Official sources said a copy of the recommendation letter given by Geelani for getting a Pakistan visa was found in the papers seized from 24-year old Ahtesham Malik, arrested by the Delhi Police.
A laboratory technician, Malik, a resident of Sopore town in the Valley, was earlier arrested in 2007 along with two others.
A spokesperson for Geelani, Ayaz Akbar, said, “We don’t know about this case. But generally, if any Kashmiri comes to Geelani Sahab for recommendation, he gives his recommendation only because they being Kashmiri. But then how can he know why he wants to go there and what his motive is”?
The separatist leader is known to give recommendation letters to Kashmiris to visit Pakistan. His recommendations commands respect at the Pakistan high commission here.
Geelani, who is in Delhi at a relative’s residence, also denied knowing about Malik’s links with the Pakistan based terror outfit.
“I don’t know of his links to Lashkar. He had a legal passport. When I give recommendation letter on humanitarian grounds I don’t check more. It’s a conspiracy against me,” he said.
According to Delhi Police, the 24-year-old Malik was in Pakistan last summer. He went on a valid passport.
The police said he was trained at a Lashkar camp to make bombs.
Malik and his friend Shafaqat, both Kashmiri men, were arrested from Tughlaqabad in south Delhi. Another youth Tauseef Ahmad Pir, Malik’s cousin, was picked up from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand.


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