Senator Irfan Siddiqui has already highlighted the problem of a Pakistani-origin lady who is being held in an Indian detention centre with her four-year-old kid.
Senator Irfan Siddiqui has written to the Chairperson of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sherry Rehman, requesting that the case be heard. He said that Sumaira had been waiting for six months for her Pakistani citizenship to be confirmed, but that nothing had been done by the authorities.
He stated that she will be released by Indian officials if her documents were confirmed by the Foreign Office. On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee will convene in Parliament House (tomorrow).
PML-N Senator Irfan Siddiqui had already highlighted the subject on the floor of the parliament, as well as during the current Senate session. He stated that, while expressing compassion for Muskan, something should also be done for Pakistan’s daughter Sumaira.
He requested Senate Leader Dr Shahzad Wasim to raise the issue with the government. The Senate Chairman issued a judgement directing Senator Irfan Siddiqui and the Leader of the House to devise a plan of action in this respect.
Sumaira was said to be residing in Qatar with her Pakistani parents. In 2016, she married an Indian Muslim who took her to India without a visa.
In 2017, she was detained by Indian authorities on suspicion of unlawfully entering the country. She was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. She also gave birth to a baby girl in jail two months later.
Sumaira’s husband stopped visiting her and cut all ties with her throughout her years in jail. After her sentence was completed, she was sent to a prison centre in Bangalore.
Sumaira’s lawyer, Sahana Biswa Patna, claimed she had tried for six months to contact the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi and the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad to establish Sumaira’s Pakistani citizenship but had been unable.