New Delhi: The Pakistani Hindu refugees, who managed to flee the country and reach India, are opposed to returning to Pakistan, saying they would prefer to die than go back.

"We don't know what will happen to us. But we know that if we are deported, it will be our bodies, not us. We will die but not return to Pakistan," Dharamveer, a farmer from Pakistan said.

Facing deportation from India as their visas expired, these refugees are too scared to return to Pakistan following rising extremism there.

On March 9, Dharamveer along with other refugees crossed over to India through Jodhpur in Rajasthan on the pretext of visiting the Maha Kumbh in Allahabad. The group reached Delhi on March 10 and took refuge in a 28-room building owned by Nahar Singh in Brijwasan area in south Delhi.

"Hindus are not safe there (in Pakistan). Daughters are abducted and forced to convert. We can't cremate our dead as Pakistanis ask us to bury the corpses," said Dharmveer, who fled Hyderabad in Pakistan's Sindh province with his wife and four children. "We want Indian citizenship so that at least we can die here peacefully," he said.

Currently, there are more than 450 Pakistani citizens living in the building whose visas expired just on Monday. The group comprises 83 women, 86 men and 311 children, of whom one died a few days ago.

Nahar Singh, an ex-soldier, who is looking after the refugees, said, “I have written to the President's office, MEA and UN, but no one has responded yet."

However, there seemed to be a ray of hope for these Pakistani Hindu refugees facing deportation from India after the government said, "There was a legal procedure available to them".


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