Indian woman seeking Pak citizenship has only 3 days

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A Sikh woman pilgrim from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district has reportedly converted to Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistan national, reports reaching her family in Punjab have indicated.

Representing Amna, Advocate Ijaz Ahmad Khan argued before the court that the petitioner submitted two separate applications to the Foreign Ministry seeking Pakistani nationality and extension in her visa, which was going to expire on April 21. She had gone to attend the Baisakhi festival there as part of a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Sikh delegation.

"After getting married with a Pakistani man I am entitled to get citizenship of Pakistan under Section 10 (2) of the Pakistan Citizenship Act 1951", she said.

In her petition filed in the LHC, Amna Bibi stated that she married her Pakistani husband at her own will and she wanted to stay in Pakistan. The High Court, while extending her visa by 30 days, directed the Interior Ministry to decide whether she was eligible for the six-month extension, the Express Tribune reported.

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The News also posted pictures of the woman and her visa extension application on its website. "After marrying a Pakistani man she is entitled to have Pakistani citizenship", he said.

The incident comes amid Indian allegations of "attempts to incite Indian pilgrims" on the issue of "Khalistan", claims Pakistan categorically rejects.

"Now in the given circumstances, the undersigned could not return back to India and the undersigned have received life threats of assassination, therefor, the undersigned intends to extend her visa", she wrote in the letter. "And then we chose to marry", he said.

Kiran would have to renew her visa every six months for seven years, and if there are no complaints of law or Constitutional violations, then she can become a Pakistani national. However, she said her former husband had died. She said she liked Pakistan and found its people loving and caring.

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