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Pakistani activist couple continue their agitation against Pak High Commission in Delhi
Protesting in Delhi since October 14, 2013, Pakistan born Sindhi activist and journalist couple namely Zulfiqar Ali Shah and Fatima Shah, after giving a month long protest sit-in (Dharna) outside Press Club of India, have camped now at Dharna Pardarshan, Jantar Mantar.

No government authorities have contacted them so far excepting the Pakistan Section of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Pak section of MHA located in Delhi Police Bhawan at Asaf Ali Road has sought their written statement concerning the issue.

They have temporarily been given a one-month visa extension on the medical grounds that expires on today (November 27). Some officials from the section visiting their open-air protest camp at the pavement of Jantar Mantar, where they also spent their nights on the pavement, did also ask the couple to conclude the protest; however, they denied doing so until an end to Pakistan High Commission's interference and harassment is ensured.

The memorandum of demands have also been submitted with the Office of President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister, which still remains unheard.

Besides, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) United Nations, Geneva has also contacted Shah mentioning that the international body would consider any petition against Pakistan High Commission and other concerned authorities according to the devised procedures under the concerned UN covenants and conventions.

"I have written to the OHCHR that they would opt for the option only if the Government of India fails to address the issue appropriately," said Zulfiqar Shah.

Both are of the firm resolve that if the Government of India does not take demanded actions, the couple would attempt legal remedy with the Supreme Court of India, and in case of disappointment from the apex court, they intend to sue Pakistan High Commission at the United Nations.

Shah said that both have already applied for Long Term Visa (LTV) on the basis of refugee status given by the UNHCR as well as asylum application submitted with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA); however, the concerned authorities told him from Pak Section of MHA that a one-month visa would be extended on the medical grounds. He said that his visa has now been extended until December 27, 2013.

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