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Legal status for 2.8mln Bengalis in Pakistan proposed

ISLAMABAD: The government is preparing for a legislation according legal status to more than 2.8 million Bengalis living in Pakistan since 1971. According to the reports, Parliamentary Committee on the National Revivification Programme (NRVP) has recommended the government to bring a constitutional amendment in Parliament to grant citizenship to Bengalis. The amendments will be made in the Pakistan Citizens Act, paving the way for issuance of CNICs to nearly 2.8 million members of Pakistani’s Bengali community, of which 1.5 live in Karachi. The committee, at a meeting with Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed in chair, also discussed the issue of more than 100,000 blocked CNICs. The Bengali community is settled mainly in Karachi since decades. Majority of them are those who chose to stay here when East Pakistan became Bangladesh. They are scattered in about 105 settlements across Karachi, including Orangi Town, Ibrahim Hyderi, Bilal Colony, Ziaul Haq Colony, Moosa Colony, Machar Colony and Lyari’s Bengali Para. –Agencies

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