Moradabad: Nasira’s citizenship status is lying in limbo, thanks to the strained relations between India and Pakistan.

Nasira Parveen, who originally hails from Lahore in Pakistan, got married to a Muslim family based out of Moradabad in 1982. But even after three decades of marriage to Moradabad’s Afroz, she is apparently ineligible for Indian citizenship. She is residing on a long-term visa (LTV) in the country for the past 30 years.

Statistics say there are 37 such women in Moradabad alone and a total of 950 women in Uttar Pradesh, who are facing citizenship problems in the country.

Likewise, Nahida Bano married to Riyaz Haider of Jahid Nagar, Moradabad, is also sailing on the same ship, whose Indian citizenship has not been granted even after three decades of marriage.

Nahida says, activities such as visiting a relative outside the state, fetches her problems as she has to seek extension of her visa from the home ministry in Lucknow and the external affairs ministry in New Delhi respectively every time.

Asked, SSP of Moradabad, VS Meena said their job is to forward their report on citizenship to the home ministry. Meena deemed that knotty laws and strained relations between the two nations stand between citizenship grants.


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