Omar questions J&K man's 'Guardian' claims

Srinagar, Jan 11 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday questioned a man's claim that he missed an oppurtunity to be an intern with the London-based Guardian newspaper due to a delay in getting passport.

Sheikh Ruhail Afzal earlier said his passport application was turned down by the local Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as his relative was a militant.

"So I've heard the boy claiming to have lost his internship with the Guardian Newspaper because of his passport never had such a offer.While he has every right to expect a passport I hope he hasn't lied to gain sympathy. This will only damage legitimate cases going ahead," Abdullah tweeted.

"Can @risingkashmir @bukharishujaat please reproduce his Guardian offer letter because you guys went to town with the story," the CM said.

"I hope I'm wrong & there is an actual offer & not that we've been lied to. If not what does that tell us about quality of our journalism," Abdullah posted on his Twitter account.

Afzal, who is from the state's Kupwara district, claimed that he lost the oppurtunity to be an intern with the Guardian newspaper.

--IBNS (Posted on 11-01-2014)

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