Love has no boundaries! We often read this phrase in books and stories, however, in these times it is hard to believe that a person can cross geographical boundaries and even change his or her religion to be with someone for the whole life. Though the situation seems to be inspired from a film, it holds truth!
As per the latest report, an Indian Sikh woman who recently went to Pakistan for attending the Baisakhi festival has asked for her visa extension. The reason is that she got married to a Muslim man in Lahore and converted to Islam!
The woman’s name is Kiran Bala (daughter of Manohar Lal) from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district. Bala wrote to the Pakistan Foreign Office about the extension of her visa citing her marriage to Mohammad Azam as the reason. It has also been revealed in the report that the ceremony was held at Jamia Naeemia seminary in Lahore on April 16; Mohammad is a resident of Lahore.
Reportedly, the woman has also changed her name to Amna Bibi. She used the same name to sign the letter addressed to the foreign ministry.
“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.
However, the Foreign Office or the Indian High Commission have not revealed anything about the letter. The woman arrived in Pakistan on April 12 with other Sikh pilgrims, with an intention of attending the Baisakhi festival in Gurdwara Panja Sahib located in Hasan Abdal, near Islamabad. Her visa will expire on April 21.