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Mehbooba Mufti will get passport after 3 years

After a chronic authorized battle and quite a few delays, Mehbooba Mufti has lastly obtained a passport with a 10-year validity.

Folks’s Democratic Get together (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti. (Picture Supply: ANI)

Mehbooba Mufti, the previous chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has lastly obtained a passport with a 10-year validity interval, three years after making use of for one. The passport, which expired in 2019, was granted to her simply earlier than the deadline set by the Delhi courtroom was set to run out. This improvement comes after a chronic authorized battle, with Mufti searching for the intervention of exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar in February this yr. The Delhi Excessive Court docket ordered the passport administration to offer the choice inside three months in March. The passport given to Mufti is legitimate from June 1, 2023, to Could 31, 2033.

Mehbooba Mufti’s passport expired in 2019, and he or she utilized for its renewal in 2020. Nevertheless, there was a substantial delay in issuing a brand new passport to her regardless of reminders, main her to hunt authorized intervention. The Delhi courtroom, after listening to her plea, ordered the passport authority to decide inside three months. The courtroom’s order got here in March this yr, and the matter was despatched to the passport officer in Jammu and Kashmir for reconsideration. Mufti had highlighted the necessity for the passport to take her 80-year-old mom on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Passport Issued Two Days Earlier than Listening to

The issuance of Mehbooba Mufti’s passport comes simply two days forward of a listening to within the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Court docket. The courtroom is ready to listen to a plea filed by her daughter, Iltija Mufti, difficult the choice of the passport workplace to grant her a country-specific passport. The passport given to Mehbooba Mufti is legitimate from June 1, 2023, to Could 31, 2033. Nevertheless, Iltija Mufti obtained a restricted and conditional passport legitimate for 2 years, particularly for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in April.

Wrestle In opposition to Denial

Mehbooba Mufti’s passport renewal confronted a number of obstacles. Initially, the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s adversarial report led to the denial of passports for Mufti, her mom, and her daughter. Mufti claimed that the denial was arbitrary and that the rejection of passport functions, together with these of journalists and college students, beneath the pretext of nationwide curiosity had develop into the norm in Jammu and Kashmir. The authorized battle sought to problem these arbitrary rejections and safe the precise to journey for Mufti and her relations.