J&K govt directed not to deport 71-yr-old woman

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Jammu, Nov 14 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the state not to deport a 72-year-old woman, seeking Indian citizenship, to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) till November 21.

The writ petition was listed on Tuesday before Justice JP Singh and was adjourned as no one appeared for the petitioner.

However, counsel for the petitioner advocate Mohd Arif filed an urgency memo and the case was listed before Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir. After hearing adv Arif, Deputy Advocate General Vinod Bakshi, appearing for the state, and ASGI VK Magoo, appearing for the Union of India, the court observed that the respondents had not filed objections so far and directed them not to push back the petitioner till November 21, 2007.

Petitioner Shahera Bano, along with her husband, had migrated to PoK during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. She returned to the village in Jammu and Kashmir where she stayed before the war after her husband's death.

According to the petitioner, she came to Jammu and Kashmir on a passport issued by the Pakistan government. Bano claimed that she was a state subject and sought permanent Indian citizenship.


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