ANKARA 

India’s government on Wednesday cleared amendments to the country’s citizenship laws to award citizenship to migrants from neighboring countries.

The amendment bill must be ratified in parliament before being formally adopted and is expected to come before lawmakers in the coming days.

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cleared the amendments early on Wednesday, according to Press Trust of India.

With the new act granting citizenship to “illegal migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan,” it does not mention country’s largest minority — Muslims.

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