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7000 Hindu Families From Pakistan Awaiting Indian Nationality

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JAIPUR, INDIA, September 22, 2012 (India Times): At least 7,000 Hindu migrants who came from Pakistan in the last seven years through pilgrimage visa are awaiting Indian nationality. They are living mostly in western Rajasthan in camps provided by Seemant Lok Sansthan, an NGO working to safeguard the rights and interests of the Hindu exodus.

5,000 are staying in relief camps in Jodhpur. Though they have yet to start a regular life through some employment and are at the mercy of the state government and NGOs, they are not willing to return to Pakistan at any cost. “We will not return to Pakistan even if the Indian government may hang us,” said Changi Ram who is staying with his 7-member family at a camp situated on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer highway. Like him most of these families have lost everything in Pakistan but they want to stay back in India.

At least 208 Hindu migrants from Pakistan, who recently arrived in Jodhpur, are unsure of their future as their pilgrimage visa is expiring on October 5. After coming to Jodhpur by Thar Express in the past one fortnight, these migrants now want Indian citizenship as they are not in a mood to return to Pakistan. BJP MP from Bikaner Arjun Ram Meghwal assured them that he would convey their plight to the Prime Minister.

Meghwal, who visited various camps of these migrants at Jodhpur, said he was stunned to know the atrocities faced by them in Pakistan. He is a member of six-member committee of the BJP which was constituted to look into the matter of the Hindu migrants and prepare a report on their problems.

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