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Pakitani origin spouses demand travel documents from authorities

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By: Shayib Bhat VOV


Many Pakistan-origin spouses of former Kashmiri militants Tuesday protested in Srinagar demanding travel documents for enabling them to visit their parents in Pakistan.

In the press enclave of Srinagar these women who are married in Kashmir and living here have said that they are living a miserable life as the government is not allowing them to travel to their native place and meet their parents.

“We will continue to protest till our demands are not met and till our last breath,” said one of the agitating women from Pakistan to the reporters on Tuesday as they marched from the press enclave to Lal Chowk.

They have asked the government that if they will not give them travel documents the only option for them is to be deported to Pakistan. These women are living in a dilemma as being married here they are now the residents of Jammu and Kashmir but are not getting the travel documents to travel across the border to their parents.

One of the protestors of Pakistani origin argued if the government can provide citizenship to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, why it had singled them out. She said that the government should accept them as they have children and have families in many parts of Kashmir valley and have been living here as citizens.

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