Pakistani Brides Reiterate Demands For Travel Documents

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Srinagar: Pakistani brides of former Kashmiri militants Monday reiterated their demands asking the administration to either provide them the travel documents or deport them.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, they said despite repeated pleas and protests for demanding travel documents the authorities have shown no concern to their plights.

“If ceasefire like initiative was taken, why the Government of India is not listening to our concerns. We were brought here in the name of rehabilitation but later cases were filed against us,” said Saira, a one of the brides.

“What is our fault,” she asked, the state and central Governments promised us rehabilitation but other than grief and sorrow “we haven’t seen anything”. “Is that the rehabilitation policy Government of India promised us,” she questioned?

She said today the world is celebrating International Women’s Day, but we have never celebrated it. This day demands respect and dignity for women which we have been demanding for years now,” she said.

The women said they want the Government of India to confirm their identity.

“If we are Indians then give passports to us and our children, and if we are not Indians then send us back along with our children,” they said. “We are living prisoner lives here, and are facing a magnitude of issues. We want the Government of India to confirm our identity. The future of our children is at stake.” (With inputs from agencies)

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