Indian media politicised my son~~s wedding: Miandad

Published: Monday, August 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has blamed the Indian media for creating a contoversy over his son's wedding with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's daughter which, he said, prevented his Indian friends from attending the ceremony held in Dubai on July 23.

"I was hurt and disappointed with the way some sections of the Indian media printed or aired baseless stories and lies about the marriage. The campaign to politicise the marriage kept away my Indian cricket and other friends and wellwishers from the ceremony," he was quoted as saying in a Pakistani newspaper.

The wedding drew tremendous interest in the Indian media as Dawood is the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

"The Indian media tried to politicise this marriage but I am happy with the number of phone calls and messages we got from all over India and from some former cricketers wishing the couple well for the future," the former cricketer said.

"The impression created that the Indian people now hated me is wrong. So many of them residing in Dubai called us up to wish us well," he told The News without naming the Indian celebrities who were invited to the reception.

"I am really not bothered about what people say or think about this marriage. As far as I am concerned, the happiness of my family and son is of top priority to me. As is the happiness of the couple. We are happy to have Mahrukh (the bride) as our daughter-in-law and she has already become part of our close-knit family," the former cricketer said.

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