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Bangladeshi, Pakistani minorities can stay in India after visa expiry

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Sept 7: India on Monday decided, on humanitarian grounds, to exempt Bangladeshi and Pakistani tiols belonging to minority communities, who entered the country on or before December 31 last year, to stay in the country, even after expiry of their visas, an official statement said.

"The Central govennment has decided, on humanitarian considerations, to exempt Bangladeshi and Pakistani tiols belonging to minority communities who have entered into India on or before December 31, 2014 from the relevant provisions of rules and order made under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946, in respect of their entry and stay in India without such documents or after the expiry of those documents, as the case may be," the home ministry statement said.

It said the the central government has accordingly issued two notifications in the official gazette on Monday under the two acts, adding that there were reports that a number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani tiols belonging to minority communities, such as Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists, in those countries were compelled to seek shelter in India due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution. IANS

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