Maharashtra government issues citizenship to 23 Hindu-Sikh migrants from Pakistan

The Maharashtra government issued certificates of citizenship to 23 people originally hailing from Pakistan, a state government release informed.

It said these people had migrated to India several years ago and were living here on long-term visa.

“They were born in Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces and had migrated to India much after Partition. They were living here on long-term visa in Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Amravati and Kolhapur. Most of them are from the Sindhi and Sikh communities,” Maharashtra minister of state for home Deepak Kesarkar told PTI.

“The certificates of citizenship were issued to them after clearance from the Union government. This was the fourth round of granting such citizenships in the state,” he added.