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Last Updated: Monday, 1 March, 2004, 16:44 GMT
Pakistani Hindus win India rights
The Indian government has decided to grant citizenship to Hindus from Pakistan who have been living in India for more than five years.

Hindu Singh Sodha, president of the Pakistani Hindu National Organisation, said the move would benefit several thousand Pakistani nationals who now live in the western Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Mr Sodha said most of these people had travelled to India on valid travel documents, but they refused to go back because they feared religious persecution.

The government said district magistrates of states bordering Pakistan would be given the power to grant citizenship.


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