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Swati Jain | HENB | Ahmedabad | Jul 21, 2017:: Nandlal Meghani’s, Kishanlal Andani’s, Dr Vishandas Mankani’s joy knows no bounds. They are among the fortunate 114 Pakistan citizens granted with Indian citizenship. They all received their Indian citizenship certificates today. But, these migrated people recall the days of threats and attacks in Pakistan for which they left Islamic Pakistan facing most critical times. Though these ‘New Indians’ are feeling lucky, but they express their anxieties for the minorities in Pakistan who are still living in the crime and terror hub in Pakistan and not getting any scope to leave that land of perils.
Attacks on religious places, encroachment on landed properties, ransom on business, abduction, forced conversion and marriage, murder by terrorism, rape, tangle in blasphemy are the main causes for which the minorities in Pakistan are leaving their motherland.
High crime rate in Pakistan leads daily attacks on Hindus
Sharing the daily attacks on Hindu minorities and increasing terrorism in Pakistan, Nandlal Meghani, 50, a resident of Ghatlodia, told HENB, “I along with my wife and daughter came to India 16 years ago from Sindh in Pakistan. We compelled to sell our home and business in much less price to make a new start here in India. We were impressed with the common man’s life here as soon as we arrived and applied for the Indian citizenship. The main reason to opt for Indian citizenship was the high crime rate in Pakistan and that also targeted to the Hindu minorities there. Even our Muslim neighbours back in Pakistan encouraged us to shift to India, looking at widespread terrorism and attacks on minorities there.” Meghani was engaged in auto parts business in Pakistan. In India, he started afresh by starting a home renovation firm. His sons are engaged in medical stores.
Jihadi terrorism turned our life hell, Muslim neighbors advised us to leave
Kishanlal Andani, 59, said, “I had migrated to India in 2005 with my wife and four sons. My sons will arrive tomorrow and we plan to apply for Indian citizenship for our daughter-in-laws as well.” Andani owned a general store in Tharpakar town of Sindh province in Pakistan. In India he has started a utensils shop along with his children. With tears welling up in his eyes, Andani said, “I often think about the place I left behind and my friends there. However, the menace of Jihadi terrorism had made it difficult for us to survive. When we ventured out every day, we remained unsure whether we would return home in the evening. Some of my Muslim friends there stood by me when riots broke out over the issue of a local temple and mosque. The temple was vandalized by Muslim fundamentals and that was finally occupied by the Mosque committee. Though they offered us protection during the most critical time of our lives, but they finally advised us to leave Pakistan as soon as possible.”
India is secure, more developed, believes in equality
Appreciating the central government’s move to grant collectorates power to decide upon applications, Dr Vishandas Mankani, 50, a resident of Sola Road who came to India in 2001 on visitor visa with four children, said, “I and my wife got citizenship in 2016. Now my children have also got it. We are impressed with development in India, which is absent in Pakistan. Safety is also something one can vouch for in India. Here, minorities are well protected and equally treated. But. there is no security for the minority people in Pakistan.” Dr Mankani recently retired from medical practice while his sons run a mobile shop to earn livelihood.
Collectors empowered to process applications
According to the Citizenship Act, 1955, district magistrates (district collector) are empowered to examine applications seeking Indian citizenship and take the final decision. The Ahmedabad collector’s office is examining another batch of 216 applications, the decision on which will be taken soon. Ahmedabad district collector Avantika Singh said, “Powers have been delegated to respective collector’s offices to process applications seeking citizenship, including those made by residents of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Earlier, the pleas had to be made to the central home ministry. All these cases have now been transferred to collectorates.”
GOI must take care of the minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh
As a matter of fact, the Govt of India’s approach to grant Indian citizenship for the uprooted and migrated Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh (all are Islamic countries) is good. But, GOI must rise the issue in appropriate forum and tell the respective Government to stop attack on Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian minorities in the neighbor countries. Otherwise, the existing minorities in Pakistan (2.5%), Afghanistan (2.0%) and Bangladesh (9.5%) will be completely vanished within next 10-15 years under unbearable Islamic threats and attacks.
__with an input of Ahmedabad Mirror.