Delhi HC directs Pakistani woman to leave

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New Delhi, Feb 28: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed a Pakistani woman to leave the country within two weeks while observing there were adverse security reports against her.

The court was hearing the plea of a Pakistani woman who was asked by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to leave the country. The court turned down her plea seeking quashing of the government order.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya and the Centre’s Standing Counsel Anurag Ahluwalia told Justice Vibhu Bakhru there was nothing illegal in the MHA notice to her as security agencies gave adverse reports against the woman.

The woman said in her plea she was married to an Indian and was residing in Delhi since 2005. She has two minor sons, aged 11 and 5 years. The woman was granted a long-term visa, valid until June 2020.

But on February 8, she received a notice from the MHA asking her to leave the country within 15 days.

In the notice, the MHA said if she doesn’t leave India, action will be taken against her and she will not get permission to enter the country in the future.

At the last hearing, the court had directed the Centre not to take any coercive action against her till February 28.

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