268 Indians granted citizenship of Pakistan in last five years
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 21-Aug-2017

Islamabad, August 21: Pakistan's Interior Ministry has granted nationality to at least 268 Indian immigrants in the last five years. The ministry made the revelation in a statement issued in response to a question raised by Pakistan League-Nawaz lawmaker Sheikh Rohali Asghar in the National Assembly.

 

“In 2012, 48 Indians were granted nationality, 75 in 2013, 76 in 2014, 15 in 2015, 69 in 2016 and 15 until April 2017,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

 

According to Pakistan’s media reports, the statement was issued in response to a question by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Sheikh Rohail Asghar in the National Assembly, the Express Tribune reported.

According to Pew Research Centre, in 2015, Pakistan was home to the second-largest number of Indian migrants after the UAE, said a published report on its website.

It said that some 3.5 million Indians have been living in the UAE, making it the most favourite destination country for Indian migrants.

Surprisingly, Pakistan has the second-largest number of Indian migrants, with two million in the research centre’s report.

Approximately 19% of the migrant population from India is Christian, though they form only 3% of the entire population. On the other hand, Muslims made up 27% of the Indian migrant population living abroad, compared with roughly 14% of the population in India, it explained.