Srinagar, September 01, CNS: The Pakistani wives of surrendered Kashmiri militants who returned from Pakistan under a rehabilitation scheme on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave. They were demanding travel documents for the return to their native country and permanent citizenship in the valley.
“We appeal the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan to take concrete steps to facilitate our return so that we can meet our relatives back home with ease. We have neither been provided travel documents nor the citizenship till date,” said Safiya, who leads the group.
The protesting women further said that their pleas for the grant of travel permission has been ignored for years now.
“Our pleas for the grant of permission for travelling and citizenship are falling on deaf ears. No one seems to be bothered by our plight as we have been holding similar protests since 2012 now. We urge the government to issue us permanent residency in Jammu and Kashmir as was promised, when our families were allowed to return and also travel documents to visit our parental country. Under the rehabilitation scheme some 350 women relocated to the Kashmir valley after the rehabilitation policy was announced, but we regret the decision of coming here now as we have been deprived from meeting our families back in Pakistan”, the protesting women added. (CNS)