Turning the heat on Shoaib Malik before his April 15 marriage to Sania Mirza, Ayesha Siddiqui and her family today threatened to sue the Pakistani cricketer and made it clear that the unsavoury chapter will be closed only if she gets an "official divorce".
Ayesha, who claims to have married Shoaib in 2002, went the whole hog on Friday circulating copies of her 'nikahnama' to Pakistani and Indian channels where she poured her heart out on the break-up.
The marriage certificate was shown by several Pakistani television channels and apparently contained the signatures of
Shoaib on the column for the groom and the name of Maha Siddiqui on the column for the bride.
"I have released this marriage certificate because Shoaib and his family have constantly been denying this marriage,"
28-year-old Shoaib is all set to tie the nuptial knot with 23-year-old tennis sensation Sania on April 15 in Hyderabad, which will be followed by a reception in Lahore.
"The only thing I want now is an official divorce from him, but it has to be in the open and not behind closed doors
because he can always then deny it later as he has the marriage. I want to end my ordeal, I want to move on and put a
stop to people asking me questions constantly about my marriage to him. Even an official ‘talaq, talaq talaq’ will
do," she said.
Her father M A Siddiqui threatened to file a case against Shoaib if he went ahead with the marriage to Sania without
While the Siddiqui family claims Shoaib is married to their daughter and Sania would be his second wife if they go
ahead with the marriage, the Pakistani cricketer and his family have constantly denied that he ever entered into any
wedlock with Ayesha.
Siddiqui has threatened to sue Malik and also seek a fatwa against him from Ulemas.
Ayesha said that she had released the Nikahnama because it proved that the marriage did take place. "They are signatures of witnesses on the certificate and Shoaib sent me a copy for signature and a 'Haq Mahar' amount of Pakistani 500 rupees," she said.
She said that Shoaib had always been unhappy with her weight problems and for his sake, she had even gone and had a
surgery in Delhi.
"But I am devastated the way he is constantly denying everything. I have nothing against Sania but the truth must
come out," Ayesha said.