There are few events in sports history which get more famous then sport itself and even fewer which bring sports rival countries closer. Such an event took place when India’s top Tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistan’s Cricket star Shoaib Malik marriage was held in a posh hotel Taj Krishna in Hyderabad, on Monday 12th April 2010 in accordance with Islamic rites (IANS, 2010).
This was not without controversy, drama, fame, and romance as well. The marriage was seen in many dimensions but in nuclear armed rivals in terms of mutual relationship for peace. Well, things not going to change much but surely a positive developing in right direction. The marriage was a hush-hush affair. The marriage news leakage in advance was followed by a controversy raked up by Ayesha Siddiqui and her family to divorce first wife before marrying Mirza. The passport was impounded by police after Ayesha’s Complaint on basis of cheating against Malik. However, after the complaint has been withdrawn after having divorce on elders intervention, the passport has been return as soon (IANS, 2010).
On wedding occasion bride was fabulous in a gold silk wedding dress, embroidered with flamboyant red embroidery with more than 35 thousand dollars worth of Swarovski crystal work. The large golden nose ring she wore, signify the innocence of the bride added high glamour to the whole assembly (Grisanti,2010).
Such is the tradition in South Asian weddings where more is less, blended with lavish, festivals, colors, and feasts goes on about a week. The function of Mirza and Malik wedding was not a disappointment. More than 1,000 guests were invited including; Bollywood celibraties, sports stars, politicians, and artists feasted on dozens of traditional, Chinese, and European dishes. After sensational headlines erupted over the couple’s engagement set off media hype, speculations, and controversy; Mirza’s parents barred media from coverage and the same happened in Pakistan later on (Grisanti, 2010).
Nikah, the official ceremony of signing of marriage documents took place on Monday; Mirza wore the red sari which her mother wore about 25 years back on her own Nikah. Mehdi, where friends and family together had their hands, arms, and feet decorated in intricate patterns with henna (i.e., a vegetable dye), a sub continent ritual being followed over the centuries. Sangeet, the evening of traditional dance and music, was followed next day.
The couple may have been so romantic but the nature of relationship was at a point so controversial leading up to the day of wedding that it threatened to derail the fragile relationship between the two countries. Another Indian woman, Ayesha claimed to have married to Malik, registered a case against him. Indian seized his passport and started criminal investigation. Malik responded that he had been duped as the women claim to be his wife not the same for which he has been sent pictures over the internet, so the telephonic Nikah was not valid. As the emotions started to boil over, the South Asian rivals riveted, starting diplomacy. Finally, religious leaders worked out a compromise for which Shoaib sent divorce papers to Ayesha so the marriage to Mirza go ahead (Grisanti, 2010).
Couple hailed as cross-border peace ambassadors arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to a frenzied reception. Lights flashed over and fans thronged to get a glimpse of the lovebirds as they landed at Karachi airport. It was their first visit here after their April 12 wedding that is hoped to bring the two nations’ bitter sporting and political divide closer (dawn.com, 2010).
As for as Sania’s tennis career is concerned the sources say Shoaib was fully supportive of Sania’s tennis career. “I fully understand what it takes to be an international sportsperson and I will support Sania in her career as long as she wishes to play,” Shoaib said. “Representing India, at the 2012 Olympics is very important for her and I will be the proudest husband if she can win a medal for her country,” he said (RIZVI, 2010).
After the divorce the controversy came to an end, officials from both countries cuddle the couple’s cunion. Pakistan’s federal minister of Population and Welfare, Firdous Awan, took part in the wedding ceremony and gifted a gold crown to Mirza from the people of Sialkot, Malik home town where he was born and learned Cricket. She also presented gifts from government of Pakistan. As marriage calibrations go on here in Pakistan as well the fairy tale continues (Grisanti, 2010).
Muhammad Khuram Toor
CEO Writer All Solutions
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