298 Indian emigrants granted nationality in last five years

Published: August 20, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has been informed that 298 Indian emigrants have been granted Pakistani nationality during the last five years.

“From 2012 till April 14, 2017, a total number of 298 Indian emigrants have been granted Pakistani citizenship,” says a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior in response to a query by MNA Sheikh Rohale Asghar of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz during the ongoing session of the lower house of parliament on Saturday.

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In 2012, 48 Indian emigrants were granted Pakistani nationality, which rose to 75 in 2013 and 76 in 2014. Only 15 were given nationality in 2015, while 69 got it in 2016, until April 14 this year, 15 Indians got nationality, the statement says.

Pakistan is believed to be a country where getting nationality has always been a difficult task, but innumerable illegal immigrants from many countries, especially Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma, are living here, it added.

Pakistan is hosting approximately 1.6 million registered Afghans, while according to some reports, there are another 600,000 undocumented Afghan refugees living in different parts of the country.

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There is only one well-known case of awarding Pakistani nationality to an Indian national in the recent past. An Indian woman, whose husband died years ago, was granted Pakistani citizenship on the order of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in March last year.

Her citizenship application had been pending with the ministry since 2008. The woman had been married a Pakistani man a long time back. After his death, her stepsons allegedly deprived her of her inheritance.

In March this year, Nisar had also allowed repatriation of another woman on humanitarian grounds because she was languishing in a jail in Indian Occupied Kashmir along with her minor girl for the past five years. Her repatriation to Pakistan was allowed despite the fact that local authorities were not able to establish her nationality.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Lalit
    Aug 20, 2017 - 9:43AM

    And does that number include Mr Dawood Ibrahim and his family ? Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 20, 2017 - 9:54AM

    Must be Muslims.Recommend

  • Jim
    Aug 20, 2017 - 9:55AM

    All are Indian women. Married.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 20, 2017 - 1:04PM

    We have nearly 200 million in India that should go to Pakistan. Let us do a swap, you take the Muslims we take all the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jain in Pakistan. There will be peace at last, Jinnah’s dream would come true and we could have a nation for Muslims and Hindus. Let us end bogus secularism. Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Aug 20, 2017 - 2:23PM

    Since 2011, 2157 pakistanis were given indian citizenship.Recommend

  • Jammer
    Aug 20, 2017 - 5:07PM

    Pak should get over its protective approach. History witnesses that only those countries grew where immigration became softer. UAE 80% immigrants. Germany UK US Spain around 20% immigrants. Pak must allow foreigners to gain Pak passport. I bet many bright people would come and become an engine of growth towards PAK economy. Libral Policy /Open Immigration with Ristriction on Millitary & Politics entry. Thats all we needRecommend

  • Mirror
    Aug 20, 2017 - 5:10PM

    What happened to the Indian claim that no Indian migrates to [email protected] ganguly: Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 20, 2017 - 5:15PM

    21st Century Pak needs open Immigration Policy.

    Enterpreuer /Business Visas (5 Years to PR).
    Marriage Visa (3 Year to PR).
    Students PR-Residency on 5 Years.
    Artists Talented PR in 5 Years.

    Maria Umaira (Singer) is biggest example of Talent contribution in Pakistan.
    If you limit entry in Politics then its Simply perfect for growth of the country. Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 20, 2017 - 5:33PM

    Pakistan should be a little more liberal in offering citizenship. Recommend

  • Sad but True
    Aug 20, 2017 - 9:21PM

    @Mirror: Just stop marrying your cousins from India and you will have an answer.Recommend

  • Khalid Bugti
    Aug 20, 2017 - 11:46PM

    @Sunil:
    I have a better idea. Let us divide India again. Muslims should get UP, Bihar, Hyderabad and Delhi. Sikhs should get Khalistan and southern Indians should get Dravida Nadu. Guajrat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharasthra should become India. North Eastern states should secede as they want to with some land rightfully going to China.
    Jammu and Kashmir should go to Pakistan. Everybody will be happy. People.like you can have a Hindu state.Recommend

  • hitesh
    Aug 20, 2017 - 11:59PM

    @Mirror: They r idiots. Every Year, There are 100s of cross Boarder marriages happen between India & Pakistan. So woman migrates to their husband countries.Recommend

  • Billa
    Aug 21, 2017 - 1:07AM

    Who are you to decide on behalf of Muslims living in your country? Get over the habit of [email protected]: Recommend

  • Build up
    Aug 21, 2017 - 11:20PM

    I love it when Indians become defensive. It shows they are in denial and looking for excuses. @hitesh: Recommend

  • pashtoon
    Aug 21, 2017 - 11:23PM

    Love you,man. Perfect [email protected] Bugti: Recommend

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