Srinagar, July 21: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been issued a passport to travel abroad by the Indian authorities. However, the passport issued is of short validity, lasting only upto nine months. Geelani is expected to leave for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to visit his ailing daughter.

The decision of the government to grant Geelani the passport comes as a surprise since the Hurriyat faction led by him has been involved in numerous anti-India rallies recently. In some protests, the flag of Pakistan were also waived. The passport of plea of Geelani was rejected on several times in the past year. According to sources, Geelani was given the passport only after he accepted to term himself ‘Indian’ in the plea.(ALSO READ: Syed Ali Shah Geelani placed under house arrest)

The highly revered leader of Kashmir has been placed under house arrest in downtown Srinagar after he was booked under the provisions of stringent Public Mischief Act. The Hurriyat conference has also come under the scanner of security agencies since one of its leader,s Firdaus Shah Geelani was accused of channeling funds for the organization through the same sources, which had financed the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.