A Pakistani woman arrived in India on Tuesday to marry a Calcutta resident with whom she is due to marry in January next year. Javeria Khanum, who hails from Karachi, traveled to India from the Wagah-Attari international border where she was greeted by her fiancé Sameer Khan and her future father-in-law Ahmed Kamal Khan Yousafzai to the sounds of ‘Dhol’.
India granted Javeria a 45-day visa. After arriving in India, Sameer thanked the Indian government for their cooperation. “Boundaries don’t matter if the intentions are pure,” he said. Sameer and Javeria will get married in January next year after which she will apply for a long-term visa.
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“I was granted a 45-day visa. I am very happy to be here. As soon as I arrive I experience so much love here. The wedding will be solemnized in the first week of January,” said Javeria. “It’s a happy ending and a happy beginning. Everyone at home was very happy. I can’t believe I got the visa after five years,” she added.
India Today reported that Maqbool Ahmed Wasi Qadian, a journalist and social worker, helped Javeria obtain the visa to enter India. He has helped many Pakistani brides in applying for visas.
Sameer said his relationship with Javeria started in May 2018. “I had come home from Germany where I was studying. I saw her photo on my mom’s phone and expressed my interest. I told my mother that I wanted to marry Javeria,” he said. He also said that his friends from his time in Germany – from Africa, Spain, the United States and other countries – were likely to attend his wedding, news agency PTI reported.
Earlier this year, a Pakistani woman, Seema Haider, entered India illegally to marry a man from Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. 30-year-old Seema traveled to India on a bus from Nepal with her four children in May to marry her partner Sachin. The couple first came into contact in 2019 through the online game PUBG.
(With inputs from PTI)
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