The marriage of a Pakistani girl and Indian boy is just a ‘visa’ away as the two are all set to tie the knot on August 1. The 28-year old Syed Shariq Hashmi who hails from Lucknow wants to marry a Karachi-based 25-year-old girl Sadia, but there were quite a few barriers between in the way. However, the couple can now breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian Home Ministry has extended help and has said that they will ensure that they get married without any hassles. As per a report by Times of India, the ministry official has said, “The couple should not lose hope. We will make all efforts to get the issue sorted. The details will have to be looked into.” The report also stated that the Home Ministry is now seeking details of Sadia’s visa application.
When Shariq got the news about the response from the Home Ministry, he reportedly felt relieved and euphoric. Speaking to TOI he said, “We really want our case to be pursued and it feels great to know the HMO is taking personal interest.” Unable to get an Indian visa, Sadia had approached the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for help. She took to Twitter and wrote: “Is beti ki madad kariye (Please help this daughter). You are my only hope.”
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The wedding of the two was fixed back in 2012 when Sadia had visited Lucknow. Though the families of the couple have never met, but they agreed to the marriage after having a conversation over the phone.
In the past, Indian High Commission had denied visa to Sadia and her parents. “I’m suffering a lot. The High Commission rejected my application twice, but no explanation was provided. We’ve been trying to get a visa since the past one year.” TOI quoted Sadia saying. Sadia believes that her visa application has been turned down because of the escalating tension between the two countries.