New Delhi: Anguished over the declaration made by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran for cross border Hindu families from Sindh province to return to Pakistan, as many as 144 members of 27 Hindu families have expressed that they would prefer to stay in India’s jail than going back to Pakistan.

After seven-long years of wait, the visiting Hindus from Pakistan, whose tourist visas have expired, are unwilling to return to Pakistan.

Staying at Majnu Ka Tila in Old Delhi, the Hindu families received assistance from NGO. With constant efforts, they even succeeded to find work in the national capital.

They said that they received visa for staying for 35 days from Indian government to participate in a religious discourse in Delhi. “We will appeal President, Prime Minister and National Human Rights Commission to extend our visas and seek permission to stay in this country,” said Gangaram, a member of visiting Hindus from Pakistan.

Twenty seven families from Hyderabad district of Sindh province reached Amritsar via Wagah border. The group from neighbouring country comprises people from all age group. Some of them are severely ill and are suffering from deadly diseases like cancer and Hepatitis B.

JPN/Bureau