July 2019 News

Give Us Passports Or Deport Us: Pakistani Wives Of Kashmiri Ex-militants

12 July 2019
Kashmir Reader
Arif Rashid

Srinagar: The Pakistani wives of Kashmiri ex-militants, who had returned from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir under a rehabilitation programme, Friday appealed the government of India and J&K to provide citizenship rights and travel documents to them or else 'deport' them. Addressing a press conference here, the women said, they were facing lot of problems due to the non-availability of travel documents and citizenship rights. 'We are 350 women who have come to Kashmir with their husbands after the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced rehabilitation programme for surrendered militants in 2010' said Toiba, who hails from Pakistan Abbottabad in Pakistan and presently lives in Baramulla district of J&K. 'When we come to Kashmir lot of promises were made to us by the government at that time, but we were not aware the government will not provide us passport or travel documents,' she said. 'We have spend lot of years here in Kashmir and are not able to meet our families, relatives in Pakistan, even on religious festivals including Eid-ul-fitur and Eid-ul-Adha. All the people meet their parents and relatives, but our children have never visited their maternal home after we came to Kashmir under rehabilitation policy.' She said most of the women were facing mental health issues due to the non-availability of the travel documents, and some of the women have got divorced from their husbands 'Where can these women go this time,' she said. Some, she said, are facing domestic violence at their homes here. 'We are like orphans as nobody is listening to us. We did not have any kind of nationality whether in India or Pakistan, what can we do at this time,' she added. The women requested prime ministers of India and Pakistan, External Affairs minister and J&K Governor to intervene in the matter.