Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza found it easy to marry and settle down despite belonging to two different nations having a bitter past. If not for their high social status and financial background, these two sportspersons would have found it extremely difficult to tie the knot and travel to their spouse’s native due to visa issues. But what about those not-so-famous and low-key couples, belonging to two-warring nations – India and Pakistan? The cricket-loving UAE have come to their rescue.
These couples belonging to India and Pakistan have found it easy to settle down in UAE than live in the sub-continent due to troubles or issues getting visa to travel to their spouse’s country and vice versa.
Hence, according to arabianbusiness.com, such couples have settled down in UAE and with Pakistan hosting their home matches there due to problems back home, the Pakistanis among the couple get to watch their cricketing heroes at their adopted country. And with India participating in 2018 Asia Cup in UAE, the Indians among these couples get to watch the Rohits, Jadejas, Bumrahs and Dhawans from the stands currently.
Take for example, Indian national Kasim Vakkil and his Pakistani wife Ghazala who are part of the South Asian community in UAE. Kasim was quoted as saying by AFP that living at a neutral venue in UAE has made his marriage possible and he said it has been a delight for them to watch their favourite players from both the nations play at their adopted home.
And in few cases, India-Pakistan marriage alliances happened in UAE after the two parties met at this neutral venue. Karnataka native Sunil Manohar, who drives a taxi in Dubai, is married to Nunda, a Pakistani national from Sindh province. The marriage happened after the two families met in UAE. Manohar says few couples were stuck in Pakistan due to visa issues. But with cricket-loving UAE opening its door to the cross-border couples, it’s a scene straight out of a Bollywood movie.
(With inputs from Arabianbusiness.com and AFP)