Pakistani women demand repatriation
Srinagar: Pakistani women married to former Kashmiri militants, who had arrived in Valley under government’s rehabilitation policy in 2010, Monday once again staged protest in Kashmir capital Srinagar.
Holding placards, and raising slogans these women asked Government of India to either provide them citizenship rights or deport them back to Pakistan.
The protesting women along with their kids assembled here at Press Enclave and appealed authorities in both India and Pakistan to think about them and do justice to them on humanitarian grounds.
They said when they are not entitled to citizenship how come a Pakistani woman was allowed to contest DDC polls.
“We are suffering badly. Please send us back or give us citizenship rights. We appeal both India and Pakistan to think about us. We want to visit our home,” the protesting Pakistani women said.
“Our appeal to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan is to address our issues sensibly. We are living a miserable life here, and our future seems bleak. Please help us and deport us,” they said.
They said scores of Pakistani women who had arrived in Kashmir along with their former militant husbands through India-Nepal border under the government’s rehabilitation policy in 2010 are treated as “second-class citizens”.
“We are also human beings and want to be treated justly. What is our fault? We were promised something but got another thing. Now our husbands are living peacefully, but we are suffering. We are out of touch with our families and on humanitarian grounds, we should be allowed to go back to Pakistan or be given citizenship rights,” they said. (KNT)