Although tensions have escalated between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India, a new report highlighted on Saturday that 461 Indian nationals sought Pakistani citizenship during the last 10 years.
According to a report published in a local English daily, the lion’s share of foreigners seeking Pakistani citizenship came from India.
Out of the 635 foreigners to become citizens of the country, 461 came from India. Afghanistan and Sri Lanka came in second and third spots.
Four Chinese nationals were also present in the list.
During last month, tensions with India escalated dramatically after the Pulwama suicide bombing by a Jaish-e-Mohammed cadre. India accused Pakistan and conducted the first air raid inside its territory since 1971. Pakistan retaliated and shot down an Indian plane inside its airspace, capturing the pilot.
However, despite the Modi-led government’s offensive, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan would choose peace and also sent the Indian pilot home via Wagah. Pakistan also asserted that it would take action against the ones responsible, if on its soil, for cross-border terrorism.
After mediations by international countries, both neighbours backed off and subsequently sent the high commissioners back, who been asked to report home in the wake of tensions. Also, the Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire violations are frequent.