Pak brides of former militants stage protest, demand passports
HT NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Feb 21: The Pakistan spouses of former Kashmiri militants Monday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar, demanding their deportation.
They had returned from across the Line of Control under a rehabilitation scheme.
Dozens of slogans shouting women including their children holding placards protested at Press Enclave on Residency road in Srinagar against the alleged failure of the authorities to address their grievances.
“We again appeal to the authorities to either accept us as citizens or send us back to Pakistan,” said one of the women protesters who identified herself as Misbah.
She said that a memorandum was also submitted to the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha earlier who had promised to reply within fifteen days.
She said their struggle for the past several years is going in vain and nobody is paying heed to their vows.
They also appealed to women rights bodies across the world to take cognizance of their plight and plea, she added.
More than 370 women from across the LoC and Pakistan - who had married Kashmiri men when the latter had crossed the border for arms training in the 1990s and early 2000s - came to the Valley between 2010 and 2016 under a government rehabilitation policy during the Omar Abdullah regime.