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Woman on pilgrimage in Pakistan may have converted to Islam; remarried there

woman is said to be married and her father-in-law Tarsem Singh made the sensational allegation that she could have fallen into the hands of Pakistan's notorious Inter-Services Intelligence

In a major but unconfirmed development, it is said that a Sikh woman from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur who had gone to Pakistan apparently on pilgrimage has reportedly converted to Islam.

The lady is also known to have married a Lahore-based Pakistani national.

This has also been confirmed by her family.

But the woman is said to be married and her father-in-law Tarsem Singh made the sensational allegation that she could have fallen into the hands of Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence.

The woman has been identified as Kiran Bala and is believed to have left for Pakistan with a pilgrimage group on April 12.

It is said that she went missing on April 16.

Some 1,700 Indian pilgrims had gone to Pakistan to visit Sikh shrines on the occasion of Baisakhi.

The woman’s husband had died back in year 2013 and she has three children.

It is through the reports in Pakistani media that the family back home came to know that Bala converted to Islam in Lahore on April 16 and also that she later married Muhammed Azam, a resident of Hanjarwal Multan Road in Lahore.

The reports say she has requested Pakistani visa extension under the name Amna Bibi, though her signature appeared to name her as Amina.

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