Srinagar: Pakistan has granted citizenship to at least 298 Indians in last five years, reports said on Sunday.
According to report in the Tribune, the National Assembly of Pakistan was informed that 298 Indian emigrants have been granted Pakistani nationality during the last five years.
“From 2012 till April 14, 2017, a total number of 298 Indian emigrants have been granted Pakistani citizenship,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior in response to a query by MNA Sheikh Rohale Asghar of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz during the ongoing session of the lower house of parliament on Saturday.
In 2012, 48 Indian emigrants were granted Pakistani nationality, which rose to 75 in 2013 and 76 in 2014. Only 15 were given nationality in 2015, while 69 got it in 2016, until April 14 this year, 15 Indians got nationality, the statement added.
It may be noted that Pakistan is hosting approximately 1.6 million registered Afghans, while according to some reports, there are another 600,000 undocumented Afghan refugees living in different parts of the country.