Pak traders cancel orders for Sania, Shoaib T-shirts
Pakistani traders have cancelled orders for the import of five lakh T-shirts with portraits of cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Full coverageworld Updated: Apr 03, 2010 19:25 IST
Pakistani traders have cancelled orders for the import of five lakh T-shirts with portraits of cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza because of fears their wedding may be delayed, a leading businessman said on Saturday.
Karachi Traders Action Committee chairman Siddique Memon said orders placed with T-shirts manufacturers in China and Thailand had been cancelled due to fears that the high-profile wedding could be delayed by legal tangles between Malik and Ayesha Siddiqui, an Indian woman who claims to be his wife.
Memon said traders were unwilling to take the risk of importing the T-shirts because of the claims made by Ayesha and the prospects of a legal battle between her family and Malik.
Ayesha's parents have threatened to file an FIR with the police if Shoaib went ahead with the marriage to Sania without divorcing their daughter.
The T-shirts were earlier expected to be available in Karachi by mid-April.
The orders for the T-shirts were placed on an emergency basis after retailers contacted wholesalers for the supply of the garments.