CHANDIGARH: An India-born Punjabi woman - who first married a Pakistani and later an Indian - has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh to untangle her citizenship crisis.
Shahida Parveen, 29, from Malerkotla town married Pakistani national Mohammed Shehbaz of Lahore in 1996. She acquired citizenship of that country and even came to India in 1998 on a Pakistani passport with an Indian visa.
However, her arrival here was followed by a 'talaqnama' (divorce) sent by her husband from Pakistan.
Parveen, who later remarried Indian national Mohammed Aslam in 2001, received communication from the Indian ministry of home affairs a month ago that her Pakistani passport would expire Oct 10 and that she had to go back before that.
Her father has filed a petition before the high court here, saying that even after her marriage in Pakistan, she had never renounced her Indian citizenship.
Legal experts, however, say that whenever an Indian acquires the citizenship of another country, the Indian citizenship stands renounced.
Since Parveen married an Indian in her second marriage, she could now claim a new Indian citizenship, others say.