A delegation of West Pakistani refugees today met Union Minister Jitendra Singh and demanded action against Pakistan in the wake of yesterday’s Uri attack resulting in the martyrdom of at least 18 Indian soldiers.
In a meeting lasting over 45 minutes, the members of delegation said that they are among the earliest victims of Pakistan hostility towards India and have suffered injustice for nearly seven decades since the time of partition.
They said, as true patriots, while they have constantly suffered for their genuine rights, they also feel extremely distressed by the losses suffered by Indian brave hearts.
The delegation was led by Labha Ram Gandhi, President of the refugees association.
Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan- based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had yesterday stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 18 jawans.
Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, assured them that whatever future strategy the government of India decides, will be in the best interest of nation and in keeping with the expectations of 125 crore people of India.
The Minister Singh assured the delegation that the Modi government is seriously ceased of their concerns and a mechanism is being worked out to address each of them.
Singh noted that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has started a special recruitment drive for West Pakistan refugees, but they were facing problems because of the non-issuance of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class certificates by the state government, since they did not figure in the list of state citizens.
He said, the officers in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs are working out a suitable provision to overcome this anomaly.
Gandhi complained that because of the refusal to accept them as citizens they were also denied the benefits of several central government schemes like ‘Laadli Beti’, etc.