They have demanded Amna Bibi’s deportation to India; the members of Sikh community in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province held an emergent meeting at Bhai Joga Singh gurdwara to hold deliberations on this matter
The Hush Post: The curious case of Kiran Bala, an Indian Sikh women, who had converted to Islam and married a Pakistani national after going to Pakistan on a pilgrimage along with a Sikh jatha on Baisakhi festival, has taken a new turn.
Now, a section of Pakistani Sikhs has accused Kiran Bala, who has be re-christened as Amna Bibi after converting to Islam, of mis-using pilgrimage for her amorous escapade and, thus, bringing a bad name to the Sikhs, reports in media said on Friday.
The members of Sikh community in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province held an emergent meeting at Bhai Joga Singh gurdwara under Pakistan’s Sikh Sangat to hold deliberations on this matter. This meeting was also attended by some local human rights activists, Times of India reported.
The meeting opposed Kiran Bala alias Amna Bibi’s ‘amorous escapade’ on the pretext of pilgrimage to Pakistan. The meeting demanded Amna Bibi’s deportation to India. It also questioned the silence of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), president of Sikh Sangat Radesh Singh Tony reportedly told TOI.
“We are of the view that this woman has brought a bad name to the Sikh Jatha and if she is allowed to stay back in Pakistan it could set a wrong precedent and encourage others also in the future,“ TOI quoted Radesh as saying.
It is pertinent to mention here that Kiran Bala (31), from Garhshankar sub division in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab (India), was part of a Indian Sikh Jatha that was visiting Pakistan for Baisakhi festival. The jatha entered Pakistan via the Attari border on April 12.
On April 16, Kiran Bala went to the Lahore-based Dar-ul-Ulaoom Naeemia where she embraced Islam and was christened as Amna Bibi. After converting, she married Muhammed Azam, of Lahore in Pakistan. Same day, Kiran Bala wrote to the Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry seeking an extension of her visa, alleging threat to her life back home.
Radesh reportedly said converting to another religion or having love relations with a person of another country was her personal issue, but she had used the Sikh Jatha to arrive in Pakistan, which is highly objectionable.
It was reported on Thursday that Kiran Bala has converted to Islam religion and has married a Pakistan national who hails from Lahore, her family in India reportedly said.
Kiran Bala’s father-in-law Tarsem Singh had alleged that Kiran Bala may have fallen in the hands of Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He has expressed his fear that she could have been forcibly converted to Islam and re-marry in Pakistan.
Kiran Bala’s husband of had died in 2013 at an age of 31. The woman has three children from her first marriage and was living with her in-laws in a village in the Hoshiarpur district’s Garhshankar sub-division.
Kiran Bala had crossed the border on her Indian passport with a Pakistani visa that was valid till April 21.