Pakistanis in India

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Pakistanis in India primarily include Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs seeking Indian citizenship and Pakistani Muslim brides which marry to Indians.[1] Other includes Pakistani nationals who sought Indian nationality for working in India.[2] In December 2015, Pakistani singer, Adnan Sami took Indian citizenship.[3] Maharashtra has witnessed a six-fold increase in applications for Indian citizenship from Pakistani nationals ever since relaxation and simplification of immigration rules in December 2017. The gainers include cross-border brides in Mumbai who have waited for citizenship for close to a decade.[4]

In addition to that, there are also an estimated 761 Pakistani nationals officially, who are held in Indian jails, most of them serving their terms on charges of spying and terror related crimes.[5]

Reports of Pakistani nationals infiltrating into porous eastern borders with Nepal and Bangladesh come up frequently. In 2017, 250 Pakistani nationals were deported who were illegally residing in India.[6] No report has been released by India reporting the actual number of illegal Pakistani nationals in India so far. A significant numbers of Pakistani nationals reside in India temporarily as international students and medical tourists.

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  1. ^ IANS (13 March 2012). "Over 700 Pakistanis got Indian citizenship". Times of India. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Adnan Sami reveals why he took Indian citizenship", Dawn, 7 December 2016, retrieved 10 November 2018
  3. ^ a b "Pakistani legend Adnan Sami", The Indian Express, 2 January 2016, retrieved 10 November 2018
  4. ^ "Eased immigrats rule in India", Times of India, 11 November 2018, retrieved 11 November 2018
  5. ^ "761 Pakistanis in Indian jails, NA told". DAWN.COM. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. ^ "250 Pakistani nationals, 1,750 Bangladeshis deported from India in last 3 years". 29 March 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Hindu lawmaker resigns, settles in India", The Express Tribune, 31 January 2011, retrieved 1 February 2011