JKLF chief bats for Sania-Sohaib marraige, asks sadists to leave them alone
As the drama over tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Sohaib Malik reaches its crescendo with many twists and turns, there is one in Kashmir who relates with it and urges “sadists” to leave the couple alone: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Party (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik.Updated: Apr 06, 2010, 19:52 IST
As the drama over tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Sohaib Malik reaches its crescendo with many twists and turns, there is one in Kashmir who relates with it and urges “sadists” to leave the couple alone: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Party (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik. The separatist leader married a Pakistani citizen in 2009 after two years of romance.
“I can relate with the couple. I can feel the intrusion into their privacy made by sadists and radicals. I faced the same thing when I decided to marry to a Pakistani girl,” Malik told the Hindustan Times.
Malik claims his wife, 26-year-old Mushaal Mullick, received 60,000 hate and threat mails from radicals and sadists from both sides of the border. “Radical forces have always opposed trans-national marriages,” said 42-year-old Malik, who is a proponent of Gandhian philosophy.
The Sania-Sohaib marraige has come under attack from many politicians like Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackrey, Nationalist Congress Party Jitendra Avhad and Samajwadi Party’s Abu Asim Azmi.
Malik said the Sonia-Rajiv Gandhi marriage too was lambasted by the radicals at that time. “But Indian voters gave a befitting reply to those radical elements by siding with Sonia Gandhi, who at present is chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA),” said Malik.
The JKLF chief said his marriage proved more successful after the serious criticism it faced from many quarters. “No doubt both Shoaib and Sania are star players of two different countries but as far as their marriage is concerned, it is their personal matter and nobody has the right to interfere,” Malik said.
The JKLF chief said such things should be kept away from politics and the duo be allowed a “hassle free” marriage. “I can’t understand what problem these people have and why are they hell bent upon creating hurdles in the way of the happiness of the two families.”
Malik urged the media and people to leave the couple alone. “This is a private affair of two individuals and let them marry at peace. I wish them happy married life,” said Malik.