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Photo Essay: Pakistani wives of ex-militants — ‘Please allow us to travel home’

Srinagar: Wives of former Kashmiri militants who returned from Pakistan under Rehabilitation Policy almost a decade back staged a demonstration in Srinagar on Saturday, demanding the indispensable travel documents in order to return to Pakistan.

Scores of grief-stricken women from various districts of Kashmir gathered at Press Enclave Srinagar, demanding the required documents and appealing the concerned agencies for immediate help.

“Though born and brought up in Pakistan, I am currently living in Baramulla,” Safiya, one of the protesters and wife of a former Kashmiri militant, said. “Our reason for gathering here today is to let our voices reach the ears of government so that it can empathize with our situation and help us procure the required travel documents so that we can re-unite with our families back in Pakistan.”

Appealing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign minister Sushma Sawraj to issue the required documents, the protesters demanded the early completion of travel procession.

“Sushma Swaraj is a woman, she knows how important parental support is during times of suffering,” Safiya said. “All the people associated with humanitarian groups must help us in getting papers done, so that we can visit our homes.”

“I was married in 2010 in Pakistan and came to Anantnag in 2014 with my husband. After my divorce in 2018, I have been facing a lots of problems,” Kubra Geelani, another protester said. “We have spoken to many people, but so far nothing has happened. We want to go home. Please allow us to travel home!”

FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi

FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi

FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi

FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi


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