India’s Citizenship Given to 914 Afghans in Past 6 Years: Indian Officials

Amid ongoing nationwide protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in India, the country’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that as many as 914 Afghan refugees were given citizenship during the last six years.

She said, “Till 2014, over 566 Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan were given Indian citizenship. During 2016-18 under Modi government, around 1595 Pakistani migrants and 391 Afghanistani Muslims were given Indian citizenship.”

In the meantime, in an exclusive interview with the Times of India, ex-Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) is an internal matter of India.

Karzai added, “India is the greatest friend of Afghanistan. India has been a tremendous contributor to Afghanistan, but the impact that Pakistan can make in Afghanistan, is a lot greater than any other country.
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