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Tahir-ul-Qadri’s visa blocked by India for supporting plebiscite

New Delhi, February 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): Indian media has reported that Home Ministry has blocked the visa to renowned Pakistani religious scholar, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, over his recent speech in which he had asked for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through the plebiscite. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in his speech had said, “Kashmiris should be able to choose freedom through a plebiscite.”

Indian daily, The Hindu, reported that Dr Qadri’s visit to India had run into trouble as Indian security agencies red-flagged his recent speech. Qadri’s visa was cleared by the Ministry of External Affairs, but the Home Ministry has blocked it, the newspaper said quoting its sources.

A senior government official told the newspaper that security agencies red-flagged Qadri’s message on Kashmir. “We had no problem with his visit, but on February 6 his statement on Kashmir surfaced where he said that 70,000 Kashmiris have lost their lives yet they are unable to get freedom. In the wake of this, the visa clearance didn’t come through,” said the official.

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