ISLAMABAD: Another batch of Pakistanis, including a significant number of families belonging to the minority Hindu community, who had migrated to India in anticipation of a better life, returned to Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border after being frustrated by the worst living conditions in India.
The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi reported in a statement that more than 200 Pakistani nationals had returned on Thursday.
“Today, more than 200 Pakistanis have been repatriated via the Attari-Wagah border as part of the High Commission’s ongoing efforts to assist Pakistani nationals in India, including those stranded due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
It said that, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other authorities concerned in Islamabad, including the Ministry of the Interior, the High Commission will continue to offer all necessary assistance to the remaining Pakistanis in India trying to return home as the Attari-Wagah border was closed for normal movement due to coronavirus.
Since 20 March, the Pakistan High Commission has facilitated the travel of more than 1,100 Pakistanis.
The returning Hindu people told the Bab-i-Azadi media that they had been assured that they would make a decent life and have better futures for their families in India. However what they encountered in India was far from the commitment they made.
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One of the returning Hindu elders said they had been given Indian nationality, but there was no such thing, and they waited for three months. Later, the people who took them to India have abandoned them.
The Hindu people expressed happiness at returning to their own country” and said they felt very relieved and secure.