Irfan deplores delay in Pak citizenship certificate to woman jailed in India

ISLAMABAD – PML-N Senator Irfan Siddiqui on Wednesday deplored that it took over three years for Sumaira, a woman imprisoned in India, to get confirmation of her Pakistani citizenship by the Ministry of Interior.

Talking to a group of journalists here at the Senate Secretariat, the opposition lawmaker said that Interior Ministry had been informed about the Pakistani girl Sumaira imprisoned in India back in June 2018 and was asked for confirmation of her Pakistani citizenship.

“But the ministry did not respond,” he said and added, “This criminal negligence is not only regrettable but also reprehensible that the ministry did not pay attention to this issue.” He said that the ill-fated woman was forced to languish in an Indian detention centre in Bangalore along with her four-year old daughter for the past many months even after her release from jail due to absence of her proof of Pakistani citizenship.

On February 17, the Ministry of Interior had finally confirmed Pakistani citizenship of Sumaira after Senator Siddiqui had raised the matter on the floor of the Senate twice.

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