Indians in Pakistan

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Indians in Pakistan
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Karachi[5] · Lahore · Islamabad
Urdu · Hindi · Punjabi · Gujarati • others
Islam · Hinduism[6] · Sikhism[7]
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.[8]


Due to Pakistan and India being neighbours, there has been a history of immigration occurring between the two countries.[9] Between 1979 to 1981, there were estimated to be roughly 18,302 Indians who were overstaying illegally in Pakistan.[10] According to Pakistani government figures in 1995, there were believed to be thousands of Indian immigrants living in Karachi, many of whom were homeless.[5]

In 2005, the Indian government acknowledged that there were 1348 Indians in Pakistani jails, which included civilians, fishermen, convicted criminals and prisoners of war.[11] India has alleged that Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim resides in Karachi, although this claim has been rejected by Pakistan.[12] 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" in connection to a blast in Lahore.[13][14] In 2011, David Headley alleged that there were some Indians living in Karachi who were willing to carry out attacks against India.[15] As of 2013, there were 1184 Indians serving sentences in Pakistani jails.[16]

Children of Indian diplomats usually study at schools such as the International School of Islamabad.[17]

Notable individuals[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Bagri, Neha Thirani. "There are more Indian migrants living in Pakistan than the United States". Quartz. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "More Indian migrants in Pakistan than in US: Pew report - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "More Indian migrants living in Pakistan than US: PEW Research Centre - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Tohid, Owais; Mahmud, Arshad (29 November 1995). "Homeless In Karachi". Outlook India. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Indian community in Pakistan celebrates Diwali". Times of India. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Sharma, Kalpana. "There's something about Paki men". Times of India. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Natesan, G.A. (1957). Indian Review, Volume 58. University of California: G.A. Natesan & Co. p. 415. 
  10. ^ India today, Volume 7. University of Virginia: Thomson Living Media India Ltd. 1982. p. 60. 
  11. ^ Mahendra, Gaur (2008). Foreign Policy Annual. pp. 536–537. ISBN 978-8178353425. 
  12. ^ "Dawood Ibrahim is held in high esteem in Pakistan: Musharraf". NDTV. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Indians told Pakistan 'not safe' for them". Dawn (newspaper). 27 December 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Avoid Pakistan travel, India tells citizens". 27 December 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Some Karachi-based Indians willing to work with LeT: Headley". The Hindu. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "1,184 Indians in Pak jails, says MEA". Times of India. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  17. ^ India calls upon diplomats to withdraw kids from Islamabad schools