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500 Pakistani wives of Kashmiri militants demand J&K citizenship
Major political development
2/7/2019 11:35:32 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Feb 7: A major political development has taken place in Kashmir. It has the potential adversely impacting NC president Farooq Abdullah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and others of their ilk and their children if the demands of these Pakistani wives were not accepted.
The case in point is the representation submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking citizenship rights for the Pakistani women married to Kashmiri militants and their rehabilitation. The petition was filed the other day by a human rights activist Mujtaba Hussain.
“The Government of India should either rehabilitate them full rights in Kashmir and issue all documents, including passports, or facilitate their return to Pakistan as per their wishes,” the representation has, inter-alia, said.
These 500-odd Pakistani women married to Kashmiri militants have been demanding “citizenship rights in J&K” and travel documents so that they could travel to Pakistan and also live with dignity in Kashmir. On the eve of PM Narendra Modi’s J&K visit on February 3, these women had also held a protest demonstration near Press Club Srinagar and put forth their demands ranging from citizenship rights to PRCs to passports and had said that they should be sent back to Pakistan in case the authorities in India were unable to meet their demands.
Scores of terrorists had returned to Kashmir along with their Pakistani spouses and their children under a rehabilitation policy announced by the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah-led coalition government for surrendered militants in 2010.
The inability of the authorities to concede the demands of the Pakistani women married to Kashmiri militants has created a piquant situation. For, the wives of NC president Farooq Abdullah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chief Yasin Malik, to mention only a few, are not J&K permanent residents. They are all of foreign origin (UK, US and Pakistan, respectively).
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