Sikh woman converts to Islam

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A 31-year-old woman from Hoshiarpur converted to Islam by marrying a Lahore-based man after she went missing on a pilgrimage in neighboring Pakistan.

Kiran Bala wrote to the Pakistan Foreign Office that her visa should be extended as she married one Mohammad Azam, a resident of Lahore, during a ceremony held at Jamia Naeemia seminary in Lahore on April 16 and has also changed her name to Amina Bibi. She went to Pakistan of her Indian passport with Pakistan visa valid till April 21.

The woman had gone there to attend the Baisakhi festival there as part of a Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee Sikh Delegation.

Woman’s father-in-law suspects that the involvement of Pakistani spy agents Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and has demanded the Centre and Punjab Govt to intervene.

“My daughter-in-law called and said she has converted to Islam and got re-married in Pakistan. I want to request the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of Punjab to take her out of this situation. I suspect she might have fallen into the hands of the ISI,” said Tarsem Singh, a Sikh preacher in his village.

Around 1800 Indian pilgrims had gone to Pakistan to visit Sikh shrines, including Panja Sahib Gurudwara near Lahore and Nankana Sahib-the birthplace of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, on the occasion of Baisakhi on April 13.

Kiran, 31 is a widow and mother of three. She was living with her in-laws at their village house in Garshankar sub-division of Punjab, around 90 km from Chandigarh.

Tarsem’s son died in a road accident five years ago. Now, he is worried about his three grandchildren whose future is in limbo with this new development.

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