As per an order by the Union Home Ministry, issued in December 2016, the district collectors of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Thane were conferred with the power to grant citizenship to minorities from Pakistan living in their jurisdictions.
Ali, along with his sister Habeeb Unnisa, has met different concerned authorities to get the Indian citizenship in the past 20 years. They applied for Indian citizenship in 1997 and have been waiting since then.
Ninety Hindu applicants from Pakistan seeking Indian citizenship will be handed over certificates of Indian Citizenship by Ahmedabad Collector at a function on Friday under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
"After waiting for so many years, these people have now been felicitated with the honour of citizenship. This is their own country but unfortunately after the partition of this holy land, they had to move to Pakistan," said Ahir.
As a first step to grant Indian nationality to nearly two lakh refugees from neighbouring countries, govt has given citizenship to around 4,300 Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan in one year.