Sania to be second wife of Shoaib?

Hyderabad, April 01: A day after television channels and newspapers carried the celebrity marriage report between Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, problems have surfaced to haunt the couple.

The Pakistani cricketer has not divorced a Hyderabadi woman who claims to be his first wife.

The father of Ayesha Siddiqui- the Hyderabad based girl who has in the past alleged that she was married to Shoaib, threatened to take legal action against the Pakistani cricketer.

Ayesha’s father said, “Shoaib must legally divorce her daughter only then he can marry Sania Mirza.” Shoaib had reportedly had married Ayesha in June 2002 through a telephonic nikah after having an online affair.

But things got spoiled between the two families over Ayesha’s plumpness and the wedding was called off. Shoaib had reportedly fell for Ayesha’s friend who he met in Dubai but the latter took up her friend’s alias and had an affair with the cricketer, reports claim.

Shoaib has repeatedly said that his was only an engagement with Ayesha and not nikah.

”I don’t know what to do with Shoaib’s lies apart from filing a case. I don’t want anything from him. We just want a letter of divorce for my daughter from him,” Ayesha’s father told Zee News. Only last night Sania’s media talk in Hyderabad was telecast live by most of the news channels across India and Pakistan and attracted immense interest.

Earlier, fans, friends and relatives of Malik had gathered outside his ancestral home in Sialkot and his residence in Lahore yesterday to celebrate after Sania confirmed she was getting married to the all-rounder on April 15.

“It is amazing to see how happy the people are with this alliance. They were outside our homes today in Sialkot and Lahore dancing, beating drums, distributing sweets and celebrating enthusiastically,” Imran Malik, Shoaib’s brother-in-law told agency.

He made it clear that neither Shoaib nor Sania wanted their union to be looked at as a political statement by the media or politicians.

Malik is presently serving a one-year ban but has been permitted to go and play in the Bangladesh’s domestic Twenty20 league being held in Sharjah where he is representing a Chittagong club.

He is set to lodge an appeal against his ban and fine of Rs two million once he returns from Sharjah.