On Monday, the Bombay High Court was told by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs a Pakistani man who is living in India for over 50 years will be granted Indian citizenship within 10 days.
The man is Asif Karadia, whose parents are of Indian origin. He approached the high court when his previous long-term visa (LTV) expired in December 2016, and the authorities refused to extend the visa unless he produced a Pakistani passport. A deportation notice was issued against him.
After several legal proceedings and orders of the court, the ministry has finally confirmed on Monday that the man will be granted Indian citizenship.
According to the petition, he was born in Karachi but was brought to India by his mother when he was just a few days old and since the time he is living in Mumbai. His parents both were born in Gujrat before the Partition and his wife and three children belong to India.
Mr. Kardia in a statement said he had been living in India and was working at a restaurant for his living. He claimed that he had Indian ID proofs such as an Aadhaar card, a ration card, a PAN card and even a voter ID card, but no passport.
Over seven years his application of citizenship has been pending before the government. In 2016, another high court bench had denied him any interim relief, observing that even if a person was entitled to Indian citizenship, he or she could not “at any given time, be authorized to reside in the country without valid papers”.
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