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Sania applies for Pakistan visa

india Updated: Mar 31, 2010 10:51 IST
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SaniaIndia's tennis star Sania Mirza applies for Pakistan visa after the announcement of her marriage with Shoaib Malik, the former cricket captain of Pakistan, tweeted Star News.

Last night news broke that tennis player, Sania Mirza is all set to marry Shoaib Malik, the former cricket captain of Pakistan. The news was later confirmed by Imran Mirza, Sania's father.

Shoaib tweets "Thanks for all your support. And the news of me marrying to Sania is true. Inshallah will get married in April."

According to reports, Shoaib’s mother met Sania’s parents in India and accepted her as future daughter-in-law. The Walima or reception is expected to be held in Lahore on April 16 or 17.

Sania and Shoaib fell in love some six-and-half months back and it could be the reason for the breaking up of Sania's engagement with childhood friend Sohrab Mirza.

“I desire to get married soon. You will soon get some good news but it depends on my family. I fully expect to get married this year,” Shoaib had said in a recent interaction with the media here. Asked if it would be an arranged marriage, he said, "No one can say what will happen, but it will take place with the concurrence of my family.”

Sania Mirza's mother was delighted by the decision and says, "Marriages are made in heaven."

The Hyderabadi connection
This is not the first time the cricketer is tying the knot. Incidentally, Shoaib was earlier accused of marrying another Hyderabad girl, Ayesha Siddiqui, in 2002 over phone even though the cricketer said he was merely engaged to her.

Ayesha's father had also threatened to sue Malik for jilting the girl and not giving her divorce.

Again, Shoaib wears his heart on his sleeve for another Hyderabadi girl. Sania and Shoaib fell in love some six-and-half months back and it could be the reason for the break up between Sania and childhood friend Sohrab Mirza.

Farisa Siddiqui, Ayesha Siddiqui' mother was shocked on hearing the news. "This is breaking news for me. I can't believe what TV channels are airing. I will speak to Sania's mother and get a confirmation about the marriage. I am shocked," Farisa told a news channel.

Future factfile
Imran Mirza said that his daughter would continue to play tennis after she had recovered from a wrist injury.

He added, "The couple will be based in Dubai, where Shoaib is a resident, and Sania will continue to play tennis once she recovers fully from the wrist injury that has marred her career in the recent past," Imran said.