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Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants demand Indian citizenship

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants, who returned from across the Line of Control under a rehabilitation scheme for surrendered militants, Saturday appealed the Centre and government to either grant them Indian citizenship or deport them.

The women sought the intervention of Narendra Modi, as well as Governor to end their plight.

"It is our right to have the citizenship of the state. We should me made citizens here as is the case with women who marry men in any country. We appeal the and the to either grant us citizenship or deport us," one of the protesters, Zeba, told reporters here.

These women arrived in during the past decade along with their husbands. They allege that the was denying them travel documents to visit their families in and Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"Ours is a humanitarian issue. We were promised many things, but nothing was fulfilled. We have no identity here. Many of us are going through depression. There should be initiatives for us like the Karavan-e-Aman (Srinagar-Muzaffarabad) bus service so that we can visit our families," another woman said.

The Karavan-e-Aman (peace caravan) bus service runs between and in PoK. The bus service was started in 2005 on fortnightly basis as a confidence building measure between and

The distressed women also appealed Pakistan and human rights organisations to take note of their ordeal.

Former had in 2010 announced a rehabilitation policy for former Kashmiri militants, who had crossed over to Pakistan from 1989 to 2009.

Hundreds of Kashmiris, who had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) for arms training, returned along with their families through border till 2016, after which the policy was discontinued by the Centre.

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First Published: Sat, May 04 2019. 19:30 IST