Stranded Pakistani Hindu families return from India

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Pakistani Hindu families, who were stranded in India for months, returned to the country on Tuesday through the Wagah border crossing.

The families had gone to the neighbouring country in hopes of becoming Indian citizens but were unable to do so despite staying in India for several years. The families were then stranded near the Attari-Wagah border for months.

During their stay in India, they faced discrimination and inhumane treatment at the hand of Indian authorities.

The families, numbering more than 100 people, were unable to return to Pakistan despite necessary preparations being completed for the reception at the Wagah border and could not cross due to Covid-19 related border closure. For the past three months, these people had been living under the open sky near the Attari border of India and were provided food by the locals.

One family, however, was sent back by immigration authorities due to incomplete documents.

Pala Ram, whose wife had a baby in December, was told by the immigration authorities to get a birth certificate and travel documents of the child since he was born in India.

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