High Court’s historic decision: Orders to grant Pakistani citizenship to Indian citizens

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High Court's historic decision: Orders to grant Pakistani citizenship to Indian citizens

Karachi : The Sindh High Court ordered to grant citizenship to foreign men for the first time in the history of Pakistan. Among the foreigners are four Indian nationals who married five Pakistani women, one man married two women.

Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui has said in his observation that according to Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan, both men and women have equal rights regardless of classification. Women were similarly neglected in the Act.

The Court gave its verdict on the 28-year-old petitions.

According to the details, Anila Abrar, Zainab Imran, Najma Bano Sofia Imran, in the petitions filed separately 28 years ago, made the federal government, Secretary Home, DG NADRA and others a party, and took a stand that Anila Abrar married an Indian citizen in 1980, who lived in Pakistan in 1980, was arrested by the law enforcement agencies in 1988 for illegal residence and sentenced to three months in prison, declaring that he would remain in jail until he was sent to India.

Petitioner Nilofar Samar married an Indian citizen in 1992 and the husband came to Pakistan on a visit visa and applied for citizenship which was rejected by the concerned authorities and the husband was deported.

In the petition filed by Ms Sofia Imran and Zainab Imran, they said that they married Indian citizen Imran Yusuf in 2011 and Zainab got married in 1996. went.

Petitioner Ms Najma Bano also married an Indian citizen in 1997 and applied for Pakistani citizenship for her husband, which was rejected.