Sikh widow weds Lahore man, coverts to Islam in Pakistan

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

A Sikh woman from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district who went to Pakistan on a pilgrimage has reportedly embraced Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistani man, according to her family which alleged that she may have fallen into the hands of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and forced to convert and remarry. Now, with Kiran tied her knot to the Lahore man, Tarsem is anxious about the future of his three grandchildren, whose future is in limbo.

Representing Amna, Advocate Ijaz Ahmad Khan argued before the court that the petitioner submitted two separate applications to the Foreign Ministry seeking Pakistani nationality and extension in her visa, which was going to expire on April 21. During her visit, she embraced Islam and married a resident of Hingerwal, Lahore, on April 16 at a ceremony held at an Islamic seminary here. "She was very happy at that time", said Mr Tarsem. She said she liked Pakistan and found that its people were loving and caring. Earlier, she had filed an application with the interior ministry for visa extension but no decision in this respect has been taken yet. He said the petitioner during her lawful visit to Pakistan married Azam and developed a right to seek nationality of her husband's country and extension in her visa.

The Baisakhi festival has already created bitterness after India accused Pakistan of using it to incite Indian Sikh pilgrims on the issue of "Khalistan", which was rejected by Islamabad.

"Now in the given circumstances, the undersigned could not return back to India and the undersigned have received life threats of assassination, therefore, the undersigned intends to extend her visa", she wrote in the letter, published by the local media.

Kiran Bala, daughter of Manohar Lal, had also written to Pakistan s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), requesting the authorities to extend her visa so that she can stay in Pakistan.

Kiran Bala, the 31-year-old widow is the mother of three children and was living with her in-laws in Garhshankar, around 90 km from Chandigarh. However, she said her former husband had died.

Talking to TOI over the phone from Lahore on Thursday, Amna Bibi said, "It was not on Facebook (that we met), it was social media".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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