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Shoaib's family members arrive for wedding

Preeti Singh | http://singhpreeti08

Updated: April 8, 2010, 10:43 AM IST
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Shoaib's family members arrive for wedding
Shoaib's family members have reached Hyderabad to attend the marriage ceremony between him and Sania on April 15.

Hyderabad: With the Shoaib-Ayesha controversy finally over, family members of the former Pakistan cricket captain reached here late Wednesday night to attend the proposed wedding on April 15.

The seven family members including Shoaib's mother, had left Saikot on Wednesday. They arrived hours after Shoaib settled the dispute with Ayesha Siddiqui by signing the divorce papers. Ayesha on her part, withdrew the FIR filed against him. Shoaib will marry tennis star Sania Mirza on April 15.

A compromise was reached between Shoaib and the family of Ayesha, who claims to have married him, apparently paving the way for his marriage with Sania on April 15.

One of Sania's family friends Chamundeshwarnath said: "There are reports that Sania and Shoaib have already married: That's not true. Till this problem is solved, Nikah won't be there. That is what the family is also thinking. Once this Ayesha-Shoaib problem is solved only, Nikah will be there." When asked what does Shoaib have to say on all this, he said he can't comment about Shoaib or even Ayesha. "We don't know anything about them. I am very close to Sania's family. Can only talk about them. Shoaib and Ayesha will have to solve their problem and then Nikah will be celebrated once he is cleared from everything."

Asked if the cases against Shoaib, who is slated to marry tennis star Sania Mirza here on April 15, would be withdrawn after the latest development, he said, "Yes, of course." Mustafa Khan, a well-wisher of both the families, told reporters that the Siddiqui family would withdraw the police case against Shoiab.

A number of Muslim community leaders are understood to have brokered the deal between the two sides, negotiations for which started last night and concluded this morning. Abid Rasool Khan, a Congress leader and an important member of the community, said many Muslim leaders were involved in working out the compromise. Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik's brother said that Shoaib's wedding to Sania would go on as planned.

First Published: April 8, 2010, 10:43 AM IST
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