Pakistan extends Kiran Bala’s visa by 30 days

Kiran Bala was a part of the SGPC jatha which had gone on a pilgrimage to Pakistan. She had gone missing and later surfaced as Amna Bibi, married to a Muslim man in Lahore.

 

The Hush Post: Pakistan has extended the visa of Kiran Bala, now Amna Bibi, who embraced Islam and married a Lahore man, for 30 days. Bala has been allowed to stay there following Lahore High Court directives to the interior ministry to decide on her petition for Pakistani citizenship and extension of her visa within 30 days. Her visa expired on Saturday. The court has also directed the government to consider the possibility of extending her visa by 6 months.

Kiran Bala, a Sikh woman from Garhshankar in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, was a part of the SGPC jatha which had gone on a pilgrimage to Pakistan on April 12. Four days later, on April 16, she went missing and later surfaced as Amna Bibi, married to a Muslim man in Lahore.

Kiran Bala had openly said that she won’t return to India despite repeated appeals and requests by her father-in-law, Tarsem Singh and despite the fact that she has three children back home. Kiran Bala has told the Lahore High Court that she has no kids. Refuting her claims, Tarsem Singh said that Kiran Bala was married to his son Narinder Singh, a mechanic, in 2005 with whom she had three kids, now aged aged 6, 8 and 12. . Narinder died in a road accident in 2013 after which she lived at her in-laws’ home.  Tarsem Singh has claimed that he has all the documents and records to prove the same.

Meanwhile, 25 -year-old Amarjit Singh, one of the Sikh devotees who went to Pakistan, has also gone missing. Amarjit is a resident of a village Nizampura, Verka in outer Amritsar.   The 717-member jatha had returned on Saturday, but without Kiran Bala and Amarjit. There is very little information about the whereabouts of Amarjit.

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