Grant us Indian citizenship or deport, demand Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants

Grant us Indian citizenship or deport, demand Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants

Srinagar, Jul 12: Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants, who returned from across the Line of Control under a rehabilitation scheme, appealed to the central and state governments on Friday that they be either granted Indian citizenship or deported.
“We are a total of 350 women…we should be made citizens here as is the case with the women who marry men in any country. We appeal the government of India and the state government to either grant us passport or travel documents or deport us,” one of the women, Taiba, a resident of Abottabad, told reporters here.
The women sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik as well as Pakistani premier Imran Khan to end their plight.
They also appealed to the United Nations and human rights organisations across the world to take up their cause with India and Pakistan.
The women alleged that the state government was denying them travel documents to visit their families in Pakistan or Pakistan-administered Kashmir.