Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti was denied a passport on Monday. When she approached the J&K High Court, it refused to intervene in the matter.
Taking to her official Twitter handle, Mufti confirmed, “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.”
“The passport office has also rejected my mother’s passport application. CID claims that my mother who is well into her seventies is a ‘threat to national security’ and therefore does not deserve a passport. The government of India is employing absurd methods to harass and punish me for not toeing their line,” she further claimed.
She immediately moved the J&K High Court seeking an expedition of the process to issue her a passport. However, that plea was swiftly rejected by the HC Judge.
Reacting to the Central government’s refusal to issue her a passport, National Conference leader and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah lashed out against the government and called out its “hypocrisy”.
“What a shame Jammu and Kashmir Police is going along with this farce. How is it that Mehbooba Mufti was not a threat to the nation when her party was allied with the BJP? As Chief Minister she was in-charge of the Home Department and head of the Unified Command, now suddenly she is a threat!” tweeted Abdullah.
The former CM had applied for a fresh passport for her and her mother back in December last year. She is being currently investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case.
Mufti was only released from house arrest in October last year after being placed under detention in August 2019, when Article 370 was revoked and the erstwhile state of J&K was bifurcated into two Union Territories by the Central govt.