US De­nies Visa to J&K Ath­lete

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Jammu: The United States em­bassy in New Delhi on Tues­day de­nied visa to an ath­lete from Jammu and Kash­mir cit­ing the coun­try’s cur­rent pol­icy, with­out defin­ing what it was.

The dis­ap­pointed ath­lete Tan­vir Hus­sain, 24, a snow-shoe cham­pion from J&K had to par­tic­i­pate in the World Snow-Shoe Cham­pi­onship to be held at Saranac Lake in New York. Hus­sain was ac­com­pa­nied by his coach Abid Khan who was de­nied a visa too.

Later, Khan shared the in­ci­dent with Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, on so­cial me­dia, who as­sured the duo of help.

“This will not stand. Do not give up! We will do all we can,” Rabideau wrote on Face­book, in his con­ver­sa­tion with Khan. In the con­ver­sa­tion with the Mayor, Khan said, “the lady of­fi­cer at the US em­bassy in New Delhi af­ter check­ing all doc­u­ments, went to an­other room and on re­turn­ing said, ‘sorry, due to our cur­rent pol­icy we can’t is­sue you visa’.” The em­bassy’s de­ci­sion comes af­ter US Pres­i­dent Trump in an ex­ec­u­tive or­der banned the en­try of cit­i­zens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Su­dan, So­ma­lia Ye­men and Libya to the US and de­cided to sub­ject peo­ple from other na­tions like Afghanistan and Pak­istan to heavy scru­tiny. How­ever, the ban had not men­tioned peo­ple from any re­gion of In­dia.

US RE­AC­TION For pri­vacy rea­sons, we can­not dis­cuss spe­cific visa cases. How­ever, we note that In­dian cit­i­zens are not af­fected by the re­cent ex­ec­u­tive or­der US Em­bassy Spokesper­son

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