Amid the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot airstrike, here is some good news coming in from both sides. A man from Ambala married his Pakistani bride from Sialkot in a Gurdwara in Patiala on Saturday. Kiran Sarjeet Kaur, 27, from a Sialkot village met 33-year-old Parvinder Singh from Ambala’s Tepla in 2014, when Kiran came to stay with her relatives at Tepla village along with her family. Interestingly, Kiran had come to India on the Samjhauta Express. The duo bonded instantly and their wedding was arranged by their families in 2016 at her maternal uncle’s house at Samana in Patiala.
Singh, who works as a telecom contractor, is also a distant relative of Kiran. “I first saw her in 2014 when she was visiting India. Two years later, when I expressed interest in her, both she and her family agreed. We got engaged in a simple ceremony. Kiran, who is the eldest of five siblings, has done master’s in English and is a teacher there. I hope she will be happy here after marriage,” he said as reported by HT.
The wedding preparations were stalled for the past two weeks due to escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. With the suspension of the Samjhauta Express services and the cancellation of air tickets, the wedding was almost on the verge of getting postponed. However, Kiran and her family boarded the Samjhauta Express on Thursday and reached Delhi from where they went to Patiala and their marriage was solemnised in the gurdwara.
Parvinder says he was twice sponsored by Sarjeet’s family for the Pakistan visa, but he didn’t get one. “They have got a visa for 45 days for Patiala and I will try to get it extended it by submitting a request to the authorities after the wedding. I will try to get her visa for Ambala so that she can stay with me or I will have to rent a house in Patiala said since Kiran cannot travel out of Patiala,” Parvinder said.