Pakistani Hindu refugees will get citizenship: Amit Shah


New Delhi, Jul 4 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday assured of providing long term visas to Pakistani Hindu refugees residing in the national capital as well as enable them to settle in India. The Home Minister said that the grant of citizenship will be expedited as per the provisions of the law and all Hindu refugees will be accepted as the country's citizens.

He said that the head of the family would get a certificate and it will be valid for the rest of the family as well. Hundreds of Pakistani Hindus fled the neighbouring country to seek refuge here after facing religious persecution. They came to India on tourist, pilgrim or visitor visas and want to settle down in India. These families did not return to Pakistan as they felt unsafe there and hoped to get Indian citizenship.

Around 750 Hindus are living in makeshift tents on the Yamuna bank and homes in north Delhi's Majnu ka Tila area that has unplastered walls and metal roofs. Many others live in resettlement colonies on the outskirts of New Delhi in Rohini's Sectors 9 and 11, Adarsh Nagar and near the Signature Bridge.

Shah's assurance came when a delegation of these Pakistani Hindus led by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee President Manjinder Singh Sirsa met him and pleaded to grant citizenship to these families. Sirsa thanked the Home Minister for taking various measures and initiatives like the Citizen Amendment Act for granting Indian citizenship to such people facing persecution. The DSGMC chief said he discussed with the Home Minister in detail about the insecurity these people faced in Pakistan.

"There was a threat that they too will be abducted, forced to convert and marry a Muslim against their wish. The purpose of getting them to meet the Home Minister was to bring back their lost confidence and work on the modalities so that they could be considered for Indian citizenship under the new Act," Sirsa said after the meeting with Shah.

Sirsa said that the kidnapping of Hindu and Sikh girls has become a routine affair in Pakistan and no family dared to lodge a complaint with police against fundamentalists.

 

  

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    Motta Bhai is much concerned about giving citizenship
    During this period of coronavirus apademic

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  • farook, jeddah

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    So many people died due to corona and with out food, poor people of India not a human, only Pakistan Indu people are human. this is drama, only in India not any other country.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    India is suffering from Unemployment & Inflation & our HM is worried about Refugees in Pakistan ...

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  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    Will they have to walk a thousand kms with their family and their belongings or the government will provide transport?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    There are a few Hindus in China ...

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  • Rajesh Kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    But why this fellow want to give Paki converted Hindu's Citizenship?

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  • Rhea, Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    Is that a priority right now? Your own people are dying and we are racing for third position for highest number of covid cases.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    Allow them to stay in your home ...

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  • ashraf, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    First, take care of migrant workers, those are dying of hunger.
    u can say and do anything for vote bank.

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  • Vin, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    Are Bhai saab,let's get rid of this Pandemic first.its very important before hindu refugees in Pakistan,.let's protect our Indians first.

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  • Narayan Acharya, Belman

    Sun, Jul 5 2020

    OF COURSE!!! BIRTH RIGHT!!!

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah should first treat the immigrant population of the nation with devotion who too are part of Bharat Mata among most of them follow Hinduism.

    More than 15-20 crores of migrants of this nation made to walk on foot denied food, medicine, water and even for pair of slipper is previlage.

    1. Once these refugees offered citizenship are they going to treated as Higher caste 'Brahmins' or marginalized 'Dalits' for vote bank?
    2. Why do we need to give citizenship Pakistani Hindus, when RSS believes Pakistan is part of 'Akhand Bharat'?
    3. Under which category these refugees will be offered government jobs?
    4. What if Pakistani who converts to Hinduism for the sake Pakistan ISI agent?

    The fast-track system of Amit Shah seems of wider plan to change the demography of the Kashmir first and then call for referendum. This is nothing but political motivated for long term vote bank.

    Jai Hind

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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    He is not bothered about pandemic ; just he bothered about citizenship.

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  • Vitus Alphonso Fernandes, Mangalore/Derebail

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Dear Mr. Shah,
    Are you the final authourity. As a home minister, pleae look after the home affairs of the country. till now you have not done any fruitful performances for the country . I expect real gutcy performance from you. wish you all the best sir.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Motta Bhai aim mainly devide the society.
    Not much concerned about law and order and
    Other issues of much important, specially
    Coronavirus.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Both the countries these refugees are used as vote bank tools. Nobody is bothered about their welfare.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Just wait till clear the Corona pandemic first...

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  • raj, mng

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Some pple are not having food till clear the pandemic first...

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