She sounds like a broken woman. And admits that she is one. Farisa Siddiqui, mother of Ayesha Siddiqui who Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik allegedly married and then dumped, broke her silence after the Maliks dared them to sue him.
Speaking to HT City, Farisa says, “I can’t take this. People are asking me how is Ayesha. You tell me, how could she be at this time? Woh kis haal se guzar rahi hai is waqt, main dekh rahi hoon (I know what she’s going through at this time).”
Reacting to the Malik family’s threat to “see them in court”, she says, “He (Shoaib) married and abandoned our daughter and did not even give a divorce. We had threatened to sue them, and now they are turning around and daring us? What wrong have we done to get caught up in a controversy? We only asked for justice.” She says that although they know Sania’s family well, they won’t try to stop the marriage. “Woh agar shaadi kar rahe hain, yeh unka maamla hai, humein kuchh nahi kehna. Hamein apni beti ka dhyaan rakhna hai. (If they are getting married now, it’s their matter and I don’t want to say anything. I’m just worried for my daughter.”
Speaking about the 2005 TV clip which captured Shoaib Malik referring to Hyderabad as his ‘wife’s city’, she says, “Sab log apni aankhon se dekh rahe hain ki kya hua, the truth is in front of everyone. We are not demanding anything from him or his family now. Allah jaanta hai, ab kya hoga. My husband (MA Siddiqui) had spoken up earlier, but now he doesn’t want to say anything. He’s a heart patient and has been advised bed rest.”
‘Shoania’ fever grips Pak
There’s a new word that’s doing the rounds in Pakistan — ‘Shoania’. It is a combination of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza, in the vein of Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Shoania T-shirts have flooded the fashion streets of Lahore and Karachi. A Pakistani newspaper came up with the name and claims that the couple likes it. Sania and Shoaib are not the first ones to get a combination name though. B’town couple Saif and Kareena have been called Saifeena for long.
Ayesha speaks her mind
The girl in the center of this storm, Ayesha Siddiqui gave an interview to TV channel Times Now and said, “He (Shoaib) confessed that he got married to me. I have a nikahnama as proof. I don’t want anything from him nor am I doing this for any publicity. He feels trapped and to get out of this, he’s giving a bad name to me…I’m shocked by what he’s saying. I know him since 2000. My family and I have had a traumatic time.”
Asked why she was not living with him after marriage, she said, “Our careers kept us away for the first few years of our marriage. When things started working for us, he was a star. He said you don’t look that great. I am embarrassed by you.” According to Ayesha, “I confided in Mohd Yusuf’s wife... Shoaib said he would register the marriage in Sialkot.” She added, “If Shoaib wants to divorce me, he should do it publicly.”
‘She is a Pakistani now’
Hours after Pakistan Tennis Federation chief Dilawar Abbas remarked that “Sania should now play for Pakistan”, Shiv Sena workers went on an offensive against the Shoaib-Sania alliance, burning posters and effigies of the tennis star in Mumbai. Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “If she (Sania) is marrying a Pakistani, how can she play for India. Uske bolne se kya hota hai? Who will let her represent India?”