After 24 years of continuous struggle, two Pakistani sisters Nida Naseem and Mahrukh Naseem, born in Karachi and living in India since 1995, were finally granted Indian citizenship on March 23, 2019. Both sisters thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for granting them Indian citizenship and said they will never forget the date, Indian media reported.
Nida and Mahrukh Naseem’s father was an Indian national and their mother was a Pakistani citizen. They got married in 1989. According to Indian media, Mahrukh was born in 1991 and Nida was born in 1995 in Karachi and then they moved to India, since 1995 they had been living there.
Speaking to a media channel, Mahrukh Naseem said, “Since my mother was a Pakistani, we faced issues related to our nationality. PM Modi won from Varanasi and he heard our matter really well. He did not ask us to come another time but took instant action. We finally received our citizenship certificate on March 23.”
Nida said, “I never felt like an outsider here. But any legal work would require us to write our nationality and we had to write ‘Pakistani’. It was really problematic for me in the sense that I was living in India, I studied here but my nationality was Pakistani. After PM Modi came to power, we had a hope that our work will be done. We cannot forget March 23. We were so happy.”
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26 May, 2019