Indian youth goes missing in Lahore

Alfred Osborne
April 21, 2018

Amna, the Indian Sikh pilgrim who recently embraced Islam and married a Pakistani boy has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) for her Pakistani citizenship.

Foreign Office of Pakistan had rejected these "baseless" Indian allegations and stated that it was deeply regrettable that facts in this matter had been completely distorted and misrepresented.

The woman, identified as Kiran Bala is a native of Hoshiarpur and went to attend the Baisakhi festival in Pakistan as part of a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Sikh delegation in 2013.

Four days after arriving in Pakistan, on April 16, she went to Lahore where she converted, got christened as Amna Bibi and married a local, Muhammad Azam.

The high court extended her visa by 30 days and directed the interior ministry to decide in this period whether she is eligible for the six-month extension as per her application.

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According to ANI, she also changed her name to Amna Bibi which she used to sign the letter addressed to the foreign ministry, the report said. The same day, she wrote to Pakistan's ministry of interior seeking an extension of her visa, alleging threat to her life back home. The "jatha" is expected to return on April 21. In Hoshiarpur, Kiran is known to be a widow and a mother of three children.

He alleged that Kiran Bala could be in touch with the Pakistani man (whom she reportedly married) through Facebook as she was using social media frequently on her mobile phone in the past one month.

Around 1,700 Indian pilgrims had gone to Pakistan to visit Sikh shrines, including Panja Sahib Gurdwara near Lahore and Nankana Sahib-the birthplace of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, on the occasion of Baisakhi on April 13.

The lawyer asked the court to order the ministry to decide applications of the petitioner as early as possible and not to take any coercive measure against her or her husband.

"I want to live in Pakistan after marrying a Pakistani man".

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