In an unexpected development, Anju, a 35-year-old Indian woman, who had legally traveled to a remote village in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has converted to Islam and tied the knot with her Pakistani lover Nasrullah. Now known as Fatima, she embraced Islam after her conversion.

The couple formalized their union through a nikah ceremony conducted at the district courts in Upper Dir. The heartwarming moments of the couple exploring scenic mountainous spots while holding hands were captured in a video that has gone viral on social media.

Malakand Division Deputy Inspector General, Nasir Mehmood Satti, confirmed Anju’s conversion and marriage according to the police reports. The proceedings took place at the district court in Dir Bala, where Nasrullah’s family members, police personnel, and lawyers were present as witnesses.

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Anju’s journey to her new in-law’s home from the court was under police security due to security concerns. This surprising turn of events happened just a day after Anju (now Fatima) had previously expressed no intentions of marrying Nasrullah and planned to return to India when her visa expired on August 20. Nasrullah had also denied any romantic involvement with Anju during an interview with news agency PTI on Monday, claiming that he had no plans to marry her. Their relationship had started as friends on Facebook in 2019.

This turn of events has taken both the public and the media by surprise.