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raghu
03-31-2005, 01:52 PM
Pak cricketer Malik reunites with wife in India


Thursday, 31 March , 2005, 09:18

Hyderabad: Pakistan's historic cricket tour of India, a sign of growing warmth between the nations, has helped reunite cricketer Shoaib Malik with the Indian wife he married over the telephone.

Malik fell in love with Ayesha Siddiqui, from Hyderabad, five years ago.

The two secretly married in 2002, exchanging vows over the telephone amid political hostility between the two neighbouring countries and doubts whether their marriage would receive parental approval.
Shoaib Malik married me on phone: Ayesha

Islamic Sharia laws recognise the exchange of marriage vows over the telephone.

"We first met at Sharjah. Shoaib brought my hotel keys which I had forgotten at a coffee shop," said Ayesha, recalling their first meeting.

Though both families later accepted the alliance, the marriage remained under wraps as Malik and Ayesha, working at a school in Saudi Arabia, were mostly forced to stay apart.

The couple finally went public during the current cricket tour by Pakistan, their first full series in India since 1999.

Ayesha's parents hosted a dinner in Hyderabad on Tuesday for the entire Pakistan team to formally receive their son-in-law. Farookh Sultana, Malik's mother accompanying her son on the tour, expressed her delight.

"We're more than pleased. I wanted to get an Indian bride for him," she was quoted as saying by Hyderabad newspapers.

"Ayesha fits the bill more than anything we expected. We knew about them, but waited till the children were bold enough to inform us. We will have a formal wedding soon in India itself," she said.

Ayesha's mother Farissa said: "I am glad my daughter fell for a bright and sweet boy." Ayesha hopes to join Malik in his hometown, Sialkot, in August, family members said.

Thousands of Pakistan fans have used the opportunity of the cricket series to visit India, meeting long-lost relatives or visiting what had been ancestral homes.

Thousands of families have relatives on either side of the border, many linked by marriage, but visa restrictions make travel difficult.

Pakistan drew a keenly fought three-test series 1-1 this week. A six-match one-day series starts on Saturday.

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited.

Shy
03-31-2005, 05:05 PM
Married over phone :00:

Eppadiyoo happya iruntha sari :)

Shy

tinker
03-31-2005, 06:15 PM
Adutha Tamil padathukku kadhai ready...

Shy
03-31-2005, 06:31 PM
Very true Tinker...

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Shy

raghu
03-31-2005, 08:45 PM
aamam romba true.............padam vandhalum achiryapadathuku illai..........