Nine-year wait for citizenship for SL woman who married Pakistan national

Nine-year wait for citizenship for SL woman who married Pakistan national

Nine-year wait for citizenship for SL woman who married Pakistan national

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

04 Feb, 2014 | 1:09 pm

A woman of Sri Lankan origin, who married a Pakistani national nine years ago, Monday has asked Pakistan’s Prime minister and interior minister to help her to get the citizenship of Pakistan.

Speaking at a press conference, Khadeja Alam said she married Khursheed Alam in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and moved to Pakistan after marriage. She said that she submitted an application to the Citizenship Secretariat in Islamabad in 2005 along with the relevant documents.

“I was told that I would be granted the Pakistani nationality within five years, but the officials are now using delaying tactics,” she complained. Khadeja Alam, who embraced Islam before her marriage, said she had been told to file a fresh application.

She said she had to get her visa extended every year, which caused financial problems for the couple as her husband, a teacher by profession, received a meagre salary.

Flanked by her two children and husband, she said she couldn’t get her kids registered with the National Database and Registration Authority as she didn’t have Pakistani nationality. “I even cannot get my children enrolled in school, which is affecting their future,” she lamented.

SOURCE: The News International

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