Srinagar, February 03, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the families of former mujahideen are leading a miserable life as the rehabilitation policy announced by former puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, proved hoax.
The Pakistani wives of many former mujahideen, who returned to occupied Kashmir from Pakistan under the rehabilitation policy, staged a protest at the Press Enclave in Srinagar, saying that they were not being rehabilitated. The protesting women said that the authorities had done nothing to help their families.
The suffering spouses of the former mujahideen were holding banners reading “Hum Pakistani hain, hamain wapas bhej do (we are Pakistanis, send us back)”. They said that they had come to occupied Kashmir under the rehabilitation policy announced by Omar Abdullah’s puppet regime in 2010 but they had neither been given the citizenship rights nor were allowed to go back.
“We were invited here, we did not intrude. The authorities are not providing us travel document to go back. We are living a nomadic life here,” said Aasiya Hassan, one of the protesters.
The protesting women said ironically there are FIRs registered against them and they are treated like criminals. “Many among us have become widows during the course of time and there is none to look after us and our children. We want to go our ancestral homes but we are stuck here involuntarily,” said another protestor.
They said that more than 500 Pakistani spouses of former mujahideen came to occupied Kashmir under the rehabilitation policy. “Many women among us here lost their parents and relatives who live in Pakistan but due to non-availability of travel documents we could not see their faces for the last time,” a protester said.
The protesting women appealed to the prime ministers of both India and Pakistan to either rehabilitate them properly or send them back to their families in Pakistan. They also threatened to launch agitation if their demands were not met.
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