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Just friends with Capt: Aroosa
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Aroosa Alam, a Pakistani journalist, who was in news a few months ago in India as her name was linked to former Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, is here to clarify “rumours” regarding her marriage with the former Chief Minister.

“I will speak to the media in detail at the Press Club in this regard on December 26”, she said. “There is no truth in what has been written with regard to my name linking with Capt Amarinder Singh”, she said. “We are friends for the past some years and that is it and nothing more”, she said.

“I have come here to meet Capt Amarinder Singh’s mother, who was discharged from the PGI and will be leaving for Patiala tonight to stay there at new Moti Bagh Palace”, she said. Aroosa met media persons here late this evening at the residence of Amarinder Singh’s sister in sector-5. Amarinder Singh’s mother is also convalescing in that house. Capt Amarinder Singh was also present but he did not talk much.

“I had the impression in India society is more liberal than that of Pakistan. However, the way stories with regard to my relations with Capt Amarinder Singh were blown out, my impression has changed quite a bit”, she said. “In Pakistan, media does not report much about personal matters”, she said.

Reports with regard to my so-called marriage with Capt Amarinder Singh had put my life in danger in Pakistan. “Anything could have happened to me following the appearing of that sort of stories”, she asserted. “However, as I have good number of friends in Pakistan media, they supported me like anything to clarify my position in that country”, she said.

She was looking much younger than her age in red Punjabi wear. “I have two grown up sons and the elder one is of 33 years with law degree from Lincoln’s inn”, she said. “They all had come to India a few months ago”, she said.

Turning towards Capt Amarinder Singh, she jokingly said “I would love to marry this man but can law permit this ?” she asked. Intervening Capt Amarinder Singh said under Indian law only one marriage is permitted. And in Pakistan, women is not allowed second marriage till she divorces her first husband.

Asked about “ring exchange” stories, Aroosa said that was just a gossip spread by vested interests. No ring was exchanged or gift by him. “I believe perhaps opponents of Capt Amarinder Singh spread rumours with regard to so-called marriage to damage him on the eve of elections”, she said.

Asked about reports regarding visa problems faced by her to visit India, Aroosa said a few months ago, she was advised not visit India because of the ongoing controversy at that point of time. “However, a month ago I was told I am free to visit India whenever I liked”, she said.

“I have visited India several times. I am working with other friends to bring India and Pakistan closer. And Capt Amarinder Singh has also made contribution in this regard. And that led to our friendship”, she claimed.

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