Indian residents of ‘Pakistan Wali Gali’ seek name change over discrimination

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GREATER NOIDA: Residents of a street named after Pakistan in India called for name change of their area over discriminatory treatment.

The street “Pakistan Wali Gali” is located in Greater Noida city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The area got the name “Pakistan Wali Gali” after some people came and settled down there from Pakistan during partition, NDTV reported.

The residents have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to change the name of their colony, saying they are unable to access basic amenities provided by the government due to the locality’s name.

The residents said that if their ancestors came from Pakistan it was not their fault.

“We are Indians. Only four of our ancestors came here from Pakistan a long time ago. But still, even our Aadhar card has “Pakistan Wali Gali” written on them. We are part of this country then why are we being segregated in the name of Pakistan,” a local alleged.

Narrating their ordeal, they said they want employment and affordable education for their children.

“We do not get employment even after showing Aadhar card. We spend money on our children’s education but even they will not get employment. We are very disturbed. We request Prime Minister and Chief Minister to change the name of this colony and provide us employment,” said a resident Bhupesh Kumar.

“People treat us badly as if we belong to another country. This is all because the street is named as “Pakistan Wali Gali”. We have expectations from Modi ji and we are sure if our voices are heard by him he will surely take action.”