The Ministry of Home Affairs (MEA) has striped of British-born writer Aatish Ali Taseer’s Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card for concealing the fact his late father was of Pakistani origin. It is learnt that the writer hid this key fact in his PIO (Person of Indian Origin) application.
Instead of answering the continuous query from the government officials, Taseer, on the other hand, keeps on writing to MHA seeking more time to respond on the matter. The writers explanation is that he has given 24 hours to reply.
The government move is being criticized by many saying the move by MHA is in response to Taseer's critical article about Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Time Magazine. But MHA spokersperson refuted this allegation.
MHA went on to say that Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply or objection in the matter, but no such attempt was made by the author. "Mr. Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply/objections regarding his PIO/OCI cards, but he failed to dispute the notice," the spokesperson said.
"Thus, Mr. Aatish Ali Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card, as per the Citizenship Act, 1955. He has clearly not complied with very basic requirements and hidden information," the spokesperson added.