Shoaib Signed Nikahnama, Reveals his Lawyer

Hyderabad/New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) A day after a young woman who claims to be the wife of Shoaib Malik made public the nikhanama to prove the marriage, the Pakistani cricketer Saturday admitted that he signed the marriage document presuming that the bride was the girl whose photographs were sent to him.

Shoaib's lawyer Ramesh Gupta told some news channels in Delhi that the signature on the nikahnama was indeed that of Shoaib's. "Shoaib told me that he signed the nikahnama, believing the girl to be the one whose photographs were sent to him," he said.

The lawyer claimed that even if the marriage is considered valid, there would be no legal hurdle in Shoaib's marriage with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza later this month. "In his community, a man can marry more than one wife and without the consent of the first wife," he said.

Gupta said Shoaib, while signing the nikahnama, did not know that the girl he was marrying was Ayesha Siddiqui, the daughter of M.A. Siddiqui.

Shoaib and his family members had Friday denied the marriage with Ayesha claiming he was cheated by her family by using the photographs of another girl.

The lawyer's rather startling revelation came on the day when Shoaib landed in Hyderabad to clear the air over his alleged first marriage. The Pakistani cricketer, who arrived here Friday night from Dubai, remained closeted with Sania Mirza, her parents and other family members at their residence to chalk out his course of action.

According to sources close to Sania's family, Shoaib tried to clear the misunderstanding that might have cropped up after serious allegations made by the Siddiquis. They also discussed legal options available to sue the Siddiquis for cheating him or arrive at some out of court settlement with them to resolve the issue before the April 15 marriage.

Shoaib, who was spotted on the balcony of Sania's residence with her and her mother Naseema, did not come out nor did Sania and her parents even as a battery of media persons waited outside throughout the day.

According to sources, Sania's family has denied reports that the venue of the marriage would be shifted to Dubai to avoid any legal problems.

They maintained that the marriage would take place in Hyderabad on April 15 as scheduled.

Sania also tweeted on the controversy saying she and her family know the truth.

The Siddiquis remained tightlipped Saturday but their family friends said legal notices were served on Shoaib and his brother-in-law Imran Zafar for cheating and defamation.

Siddiqui's family friend Shams Babar said that with Shoaib's arrival in India, it had become easy for them to launch legal proceedings against him. They also hired a lawyer in Lahore to file a case against Shoaib.

The lawyer Farooq Hasan told Pakistani media that Ayesha's case was strong and Shoaib could be tried for cheating. He warned that if Shoaib and Sania travel to Pakistan after their marriage, they could be issued warrants.

After the marriage in Hyderabad, Sania and her family members plan to travel to Pakistan for a reception to be hosted by Shoaib.

Ayesha Siddiqui's parents Friday released to the media copies of the nikahnama. They claimed that the nikah over phone was performed in 2002.

They threatened to sue Shoaib for denying the marriage and demanded that he first divorce their daughter before marrying Sania.


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    Mon, Apr 05 2010

    Arrey!!!!! Mia biwi raazi to kya karega kazi?????

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  • Janet Xavier, DUBAI

    Mon, Apr 05 2010

    Anthony there are good and bad people in every country. I can give you millions of examples of girls being cheated in India and of men having affairs after marriage and the wife has no clue. We have rape and molestation happening everyday in India, does that mean all Indians are rapist??? has no boundaries and here in UAE we have many Indians who are happily married to Pakistanis. Its her personal choice to marry whoever she wants.

    Does she interfere in your personal lives and see how many affairs you are having or what sins you have committed. Please do not live your life just looking at celebrities. There are many girls like Ayesha who fool people online and on the net and visa versa. If what Shoaib said is true about meeting Ayeshas family but not meeting Ayesha because everytime he wanted to meet her she disappeared because of her weight issue and also because she sent him the wrong picture of another beautiful girl then Ayesha and her family should be charged for cheating and forgery and this marriage will be regarded as null and void. I wish Sania and Shoaib all the best.

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  • Ravi Kumar, Kuwait

    Sun, Apr 04 2010

    I don't understand why this hall-gulla of Shoib's marraige. When there is quota for 4 marriage in Islam, let Shoaib utilize the second one.

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  • naseer, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 03 2010

    Rightly said mr sathish,media has to run their channel 24hrs then these things crop up to keep up the time .all unnecessary coverage

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  • Sathish, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 03 2010

    What a pity? This is become a news in headlines... Channels broadcasting this as a adventure for full day and news papers publishing it in frontlines - shows the quality of the media in this country.

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  • Antony DS, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sat, Apr 03 2010

    "Shoaib, who was spotted on the balcony of Sania's residence" - shame on you before the marriage you entered Sania's house, like guspaits (intruders) from Pakistan. Secondly shame on you Shoaib, you signed a nikhanama on the basis of a photo of Ayesha. Other than that Shoaib, you are banned 1 year for playing cricket in your country, are you a cheat? Still Sania is blind. Either Love is Blind, or Sania is blind deaf and dumb.

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