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MEA says ready to revoke Yasin Malik's passport if conditions violated

Posted on Feb 13, 10:35AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12 : The Ministry of External Affairs todaysaid it would not lose any time in revoking passport of Jammu andKashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik if any condition attached with giving the document were violated.

Mr Malik shared dais with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed at a rally held in Islamabad on Sunday to protest hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

''If the request for revocation of passport comes from the Ministry of Home Affairs, we will act immediately,'' Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said while replying to queries on Mr Malik's conduct in Pakistan.

''We issue passport or revoke it depending upon the clearance or no objection from the agencies concerned,'' he said.

On the fact of Yaseen sharing dais with Saeed, Mr Akbaruddin only said that India considered Hafiz Saeed as the main culprit in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and had asked Pakistan to bring him to book.

When asked how could Mr Malik participate in a political rally in Islamabad, he said he did not know what were the conditionalities attached by Pakistan in giving visa to the JKLF leader.

''The External Affairs Ministry gives passport to a person only if no objection is received by other agencies,'' he said.