Wives of former militants stage protest

The Pakistani wives of several former militants who had returned home under the state government’s rehabilitation policy in 2010, staged a protest here to press for their rehabilitation.

Scores of Pakistani women on Monday assembled at Press Enclave and staged protest demanding citizenship rights.

“We appeal government to address our issues. We are living a miserable life here. Future of our children seems dark as we are not being considered as citizens of India,” one of the protestors said.

“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,” she said.

“We appeal the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to either provide us the travel documents or do justice with us by providing us proper citizenship rights in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir,” they added.