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Case withdrawn against a PoK national who said he is an Indian

Mumbai: A Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) citizen Siraj Khan who arrived in Mumbai without a passport and other necessary documents was obviously arrested under the Passport Act and Foreign Citizens Act.

But he strongly argued that India always claims PoK as a part of Indian Kashmir and hence an Indian territory and on this basis he is not a Pakistani but an Indian national, so why he was being arrested for coming to India? When presented in court, as per the normal procedure, there also he advanced the same reasoning.

Maharashtra government, seeing some weight in his argument which was in favour of India, also contended in Mumbai High Court that PoK is part of India and hence Siraj Khan too is an Indian and wanted the case against him withdrawn because he was a natural citizen of India. 

 
Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2012 on page no. 10

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