Pakistani wives of ex-militants protest in Srinagar, demand travel documents

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The Pakistani wives of many former militants, who returned to Kashmir under the then state government’s rehabilitation policy in 2010, staged a protest in summer capital Srinagar Monday, alleging that the government has done nothing to help their families.

Holding placards in their hands, which read “we want justice, provide us travel documents”, these women assembled at the Press Enclave and staged a protest demanding citizenship rights.

They alleged that the government has been insensitive with regards to issuance of travel documents to the wives of former militants who had arrived in Kashmir before or after 2010. One of the protesters told a local news agency KDC, “Our appeal to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan is to address our issues sensibly. We are living a miserable life here, and our childrens’ future seems bleak as we are not being considered as citizens of India.”

She said that dozens of Pakistani women who had arrived in Kashmir along with their former militant husbands through India-Nepal border under the government’s rehabilitation policy in 2010 are treated as “second-class citizens”.

The protesting women appealed to the LG administration to either provide them travel documents or push them back to Pakistan.

“How long are we supposed to be like this? Our husbands who had crossed over the LoC for arms training in 1990, and returned along with their families after Omar Abdullah-led government assured them that they will be treated at par with other citizens of J-K. Our spouses reposed their faith in the government but it seems they made a big mistake,” another protestor added. (KDC)

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