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Court orders Pakistani citizenship for Afghan woman

Court orders Pakistani citizenship for Afghan woman

May 09, 2020 - 09:57

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Interior Ministry in Islamabad has been directed to grant Pakistani citizenship to an Afghan woman who married a Pakistani man three years ago.

The Peshawar High Court issued the directives to the ministry on a petition filed by Mohammad Ilyas, who sought Pakistani citizenship for her Afghan wife on the basis of the Pakistaninfo-icon Citizenship Act of 1951.

The court asked the interior secretary to process the grant of the Afghan woman’s citizenship within three months so that the petitioner did not face any inconvenience.

Saifullah Mohib Kakakhel, the petitioner’s lawyer, said his client had married the Afghan woman in 2017. Later on, he applied to the interior ministry for her Pakistani citizenship.

The petitioner visited the interior ministry over and over again but he was not issued the required certificate of declaring his spouse a Pakistani citizen.



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