Information on whether a Bihari man born in 1966 in former East Pakistan who is not a citizen of Bangladesh can acquire Pakistani citizenship, and if so, on the requirements and procedures [PAK18012.E]

Information on the above-mentioned subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB in Ottawa. An information request has been forwarded to the High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Ottawa and any reply will be immediately forwarded to you.

For information related to the issue of Pakistani recognition of Bihari citizenship, please refer to the attached document.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find attached the list of sources consulted in researching this information request.


The Christian Science Monitor [Boston]. 16 December 1991. Paula Newberg. South Asia's Silent Refugees . (NEXIS)

Other Sources Consulted

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 1993.

Critique: Review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 1992.

Immigration and Nationality: Law and Practice [London]. Quarterly.

On-line search and oral sources.