Sania Mirza is Shiv Sena’s latest target. Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, on Friday blasted the tennis champion for deciding to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik saying “She is no longer an Indian”.
An editorial in the party mouthpiece, Saamna, said: “Henceforth, Sania will not remain an Indian. Had her heart been Indian, it wouldn’t beat for a Pakistani.”
Saamna is edited by the Sena chief and the newspaper’s editorials are taken as his opinion on issues.
“If she wished to play for India, she should have chosen an Indian life partner. She can’t play for India after marrying a Pakistani. For her would-be husband Shoaib, India is an enemy, not only in the sports arena but also in the battlefield,” the editorial said.
Thackeray alleged that more than her victories on the tennis court, Mirza became famous for her “tight clothes, fashion statements and love affairs”. “He [Shoaib] too has had many affairs in India and has promised many girls he will marry them.”
Expressing surprise over how easily Mirza’s family was granted Pakistani visas, Thackeray said, “Getting a Pakistani visa is very tough even for India’s renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar. I fail to understand, how easily they got the visas.”