Pak wives of ex-militants seek citizenship or deportation

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 27: The Pakistani wives of Kashmiri surrendered militants who came to Kashmir under the rehabilitation policy over a decade ago today staged a protest, seeking either Indian citizenship or deportation.
Scores of these women appeared in the Press Enclave and were seen holding a silent sit-in along with their children while alleging that no one from the administration came to them to talk about their issues.

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“We were here even yesterday, protesting, seeking justice; we have come here in 2010 under the rehabilitation policy and since 2012, we are out of roads, seeking either the acceptance of the Government or the travel documents so that we could go and meet our families,” Sairah Javaid, one of the protesting women said.
She said that if the Government is not ready to accept them, then measures should be taken to facilitate their deportation back to Pakistan. “Then that is the only option for us and instead of making us suffer here, better is to send us back,” she said.
The protesting women demanded immediate intervention from the Home Minister so that their issues are resolved. “The Government on a daily basis addresses several issues which are of human importance, but we fail to understand why they are not taking measures to address ours,” they said.
Another woman, Misbah said that they came to Kashmir at the invitation of the Government and now they have been made to suffer daily which is not only taking a toll on them but is also resulting in a troubled upbringing of their children.