Nizamabad: After waiting for 14 long years, a woman from Nizamabad who was married to a Pakistani national but returned back to India with her three children finally got Indian citizenship on Tuesday.
Faizunnisa, 45, hailing from Nizamabad finally could breath peacefully after the Nizamabad Revenue Divisional Officer B. Vinod Kumar handed over the certificates of citizenship to them, The Hindu reported.
Her three children of Pakistani nationals Mohammed Sanan, 29, second son Ruman, 27, and the youngest son Saif, 25, all were granted Indian citizenship under the under Section 5(1)f of Citizenship Act-1955 on April 24 approving their appeal for citizenship.
The citizenship document copies No:243; 244; and 245 subsequently were sent to the district authorities and the Ministry of Home Affairs issued orders after the perusal of their applications. The family of four had applied for the Indian citizenship eight years ago.
Ms. Faizunninsa, daughter of late Hafeez Abdul Rehman and Samdani Begum, married Mohammed Abdul Nadeem Javed of Bahawalpur in Punjab province of Pakistan in 1988.
Though she moved to Pakistan after marriage, she did not return her Indian Citizenship. Since all her three sons were born in Pakistan they had Pakistani citizenship.
It was after her divorce in 2004 she moved back to India on Long-term Visa and applied for Indian citizenship.
According to sources, the family of four and Faizunnisa’s other siblings had been running a school in Old city for several years now.
Meanwhile, BJP activists, as always, protested against issuing the citizenship to an Indian daughter.
They called off their protest on knowing the family left as soon as they received their citizenships.