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Don’t know why our voices go unheard: PaK origin Kashmiri brides

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Srinagar: Claiming that Kashmir was no longer safe place for them, the women from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir, who have been married to the men from this side, on Monday reiterated their demand that they be allowed to go to their families across the Line of Control.

Addressing a news conference here, some of these women who have married Kashmiri men, claimed that the Pakistan High Commission in India has been writing to the Foreign ministry almost every month, seeking permission for these women to visit their homes, reported the news agency KNO.

“We want the government of India to allow us to return to our homes to meet our dear ones there. The government here has rejected us as citizens and it makes no sense for the authorities to stop us from deporting us to our native country,” they said.

“We have knocked almost all the doors but don’t know why our voices go unheard. When a PaK-origin Kashmiri bride Somiya Sadaf contested the elections recently, she was allowed to do so. But then the government stopped counting on the particular seat where from she was contesting. It seems the government was in deep slumber when many PaK-origin women were elected as Sarpanchs and Panchs,” they said.

Bushra, one of the women said “we want justice and want the government here to deport us back to PaK as we are not being considered as the citizens here.”

The other women present during the presser also demanded that the governments of India and Pakistan must take immediate steps for deporting them. (KNO)

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