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Old 06-Jul-2010
Amend Dual Citizenship Act - Avinash Rai Khanna

Phagwara, July 5

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna has urged the Union Government to amend the Dual Citizenship Act and include Hindus and Sikhs residing in Pakistan in the category of those NRIs, who are being facilitated with dual citizenship.

Talking to the media here on Sunday, Khanna, who is heading a three-member committee of the BJP, constituted to locate and help those Hindu and Sikh families, who have migrated from Pakistan to India, said these families were forced to return from Pakistan due to an atmosphere of terror created by Muslims of Pakistan especially the Taliban. Most of these families are residing temporarily in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Khanna and Rajpura at present.

Khanna, who met about some of these families in Amritsar yesterday, said more than 150 Hindu families, who had migrated here from Pakistan, were seeking Indian citizenship from the Union Government, after a period of five years, according to the Indian law. Khanna also demanded from the state government to instruct the Rehabilitation Department to fix Rs 500 per member as pension of such families as these families had lost their all in Pakistan.

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