The Indian Vs Pakistani Passport

04/05/2015
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However neighbor countries, Pakistan and India have been life-time rivals. They've been competing in every domain for a better self-position. Yet, a comparison between the two countries' passports would show that the gap is large between the two countries.

Pakistani Vs Indian Citizenship acquisition

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The Indian citizenship proves to be way harder to obtain. India denies dual citizenship to its citizens. The act of acquiring a second passport costs the Indian citizen his Indian nationality. Pakistan, on the other hand allows its citizens to acquire a second passport.

 

India managed to come out with a solution to the relentless call for second citizenship: in August 2005, the overseas citizenship law was passed (an amendment of the 1955 citizenship law). It does not equate a dual citizenship but grants a “U” visa which is a permanent visa used for a multiplicity of purposes with a multiplicity of entries without limits on the length of the stay in India. An overseas citizen, however, is denied the right to vote and to participate any Indian election. Applicants need to have belonged to an area that turned to be a part of the Indian territory after 1947, to be the child/ grandchild of a person belonging to the stated territory, to never have been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, not to be involved in a crime that led to more than one-year imprisonment and finally the applicant's country needs to recognize the overseas citizenship.

 

While the Indian nationality law has offered a status that is more relevant as a”non-resident Indian” than a dual citizenship status, Pakistan, has recognized the dual citizenship status. Pakistani citizenship is granted via three options: by birth, by decent (only if the father is a Pakistani citizen), or under the 1926 naturalization act. Pakistani women with foreign spouses and acquiring their citizenships need to relinquish their Pakistani citizenships.  

Pakistani Vs Indian Passport

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The Indian passport accords its holder visa-free entry to around fifty-five countries. Pakistani nationals are allowed visa-free entry to around more than thirty-five countries. The Pakistani passport's originality lays in the fact that it bears an inscription stating that “This passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel.”

 

Visa restrictive policies translate the diplomatic relations between countries. In that, the major privilege that the Indian passport has over the Pakistani one is that Indians have a visa-free access to countries like: Bolivia, Thailand and Jordan. Some geopolitical factors led to granting India the visa-free pass as is the case of Taiwan ( While China keeps visa restrictive policy on Indians, Taiwan joined India's visa-free countries' list). Also, the Indian passport grants its holders visa-free entry to a European country: Mecedonia, and to Bhutan which is considered among the most closed countries.

 

A comparison between the list of visa-free countries of both countries reveals some contrast: Islamic countries like Indonesia and Iran are more open to India than to Pakistan.