Indians in Pakistan

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Indians in Pakistan
Regions with significant populations
Karachi[1] · Lahore · Islamabad
Urdu · Hindi · Punjabi · Gujarati • others
Islam · Hinduism[2] · Sikhism[3]
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin

Indians in Pakistan include Indian citizens residing, working or studying as expatriates in Pakistan, Indian emigrants to Pakistan (post-independence era), Indian spouses married to Pakistanis, as well as Indians who have become naturalised Pakistani citizens and other people of Indian origin in Pakistan. Due to Pakistan and India being neighbours, there has been a history of immigration occurring between the two countries.[4] Between 1979 and 1981, there were estimated to be roughly 18,302 Indians who were overstaying illegally in Pakistan.[5] In 2005, the Indian government acknowledged that there were 1,348 Indians in Pakistani jails - which included civilians, fishermen, convicted criminals and prisoners of war.[6]

According to Pakistani government figures in 1995, there were believed to be hundreds of Indian immigrants living in Karachi.[1] In 2008, the Indian foreign ministry advised its citizens to avoid travel to Pakistan after several Indian nationals in Pakistan were arrested and "accused of being terrorists" connected to a blast in Lahore.[7][8] In 2011, David Headley alleged that there were some Indians living in Karachi who were willing to carry out attacks against India.[9] In the past, India has alleged that Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is based in Karachi although this claim has been rejected by Pakistan several times.[10]

As of 2013, there were 1,184 Indians serving sentences in Pakistani jails.[11] Children of Indian diplomats usually study at schools such as the International School of Islamabad.[12]

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  1. ^ a b Tohid, Owais; Mahmud, Arshad (29 November 1995). "Homeless In Karachi". Outlook India. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Indian community in Pakistan celebrates Diwali". Times of India. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
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  4. ^ Natesan, G.A. (1957). Indian Review, Volume 58. University of California: G.A. Natesan & Co. p. 415. 
  5. ^ India today, Volume 7. University of Virginia: Thomson Living Media India Ltd. 1982. p. 60. 
  6. ^ Mahendra, Gaur (2008). Foreign Policy Annual. pp. 536–537. ISBN 978-8178353425. 
  7. ^ "Indians told Pakistan ‘not safe’ for them". Dawn (newspaper). 27 December 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Avoid Pakistan travel, India tells citizens". 27 December 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Some Karachi-based Indians willing to work with LeT: Headley". The Hindu. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dawood Ibrahim is held in high esteem in Pakistan: Musharraf". NDTV. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "1,184 Indians in Pak jails, says MEA". Times of India. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  12. ^ India calls upon diplomats to withdraw kids from Islamabad schools