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Sania makes the top-100 cut in Pakistan!

sports Updated: May 25, 2011 01:36 IST
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Sania Mirza, who married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik last year, has been included in a list of "100 women who shake Pakistan".

Mirza, who chose to live in Dubai after her high-profile and controversial marriage to Malik, finds a mention in the list alongside former federal minister Sherry Rehman, women's rights champion Mukhtaran Mai, and Um-e Hassan, the wife of hardline Lal Masjid cleric.

The list compiled by a Pakistani magazine describes her as a "tennis pro (who) has been welcomed by Pakistanis as their own".

Many Pakistanis have expressed surprise at Mirza being included in the list.

"One conflicting lady is Sania Mirza whom I think cannot and should not be included in this list unless she becomes a Pakistani citizen," posted a Pakistani housewife who blogs by the same name.

"How did Sania make it to that list. Last I saw her she was winning games for India. Don't mean to be harsh or anything but isn't this thread about proud Pakistani women?" wrote a reader on a website.

A "Karachi feminist" pooh-poohed the list, saying "it fits the paradigm of how westerners write. If it's not going to be the terror militant suicide angle, then it should be about defiance, spirit, resilience - their art, their bold and talented women, their unique industries," the author said.