SRINAGAR, March 29: Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants today protested here demanding citizenship rights and travel documents from Jammu and Kashmir Government.
Scores of women assembled at the Press Enclave and demanded permission from the Government to return to their native country. They raised slogans in favor of their demands and appealed the Government to solve their issues on the humanitarian ground.
The women had married to the Kashmiri men who had gone across the Line of Control for arms training. However, they surrendered and returned to the valley along with their families under the Government’s rehabilitation policy.
The protesting women alleged that they were not given the promised rights and were denied the permission to meet their families. “We are unable to meet our parents, siblings, and relatives due to lack of travel documents. We haven’t seen them for past ten-fifteen years,” a protesting woman said, adding that she doesn’t have an Indian passport to travel to Pakistan.
The women appealed the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, to take up their cases with his Indian counterpart. “We request the leadership of both the countries to deal with our cases on humanitarian cases,” a woman said, adding that they have been denied the right to visit their country.
Another woman said that she recently got divorced and wanted to go back to his home in Pakistan. “I have no place to live now. What will I do? I appeal the Governments to seriously look into our cases,” she said.