Pakistani wives of ex-Kashmiri militants ask state govt to provide them travel documents

Pakistani wives of ex-Kashmiri militants ask state govt to provide them travel documents

Srinagar: The Pakistani wives of Kashmiri ex-militants- who had returned from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir under a  rehabilitation programme on Saturday demanded that the state government provide them travel documents so that they are able to return to their families across the Line of Control.

Addressing a press conference in Kashmir Press Club at Polo View in Srinagar, they said that they had come with their husbands to Kashmir after the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced rehabilitation programme for surrendered militants in 2010.

“We are nearly 350 women who have come to Kashmir under rehabilitation policy of the state government, through Nepal border,” they told the media persons during the presser.

They said that the promises made by the state government with them have not been fulfilled. “We ask the state government to provide us travel documents and citizenship rights so that we are able to meet our families and relatives in Pakistan.”

The women appealed Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and J&K Governor Satya Paul Malik to look into the matter and address their concerns.