I am not concerned about Dawood, who he is: Miandad

Published: Saturday, August 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has said he never hesitated even once about marrying his son to the daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, the most wanted terrorist in India.

"No, never. I never thought on those lines. I was only thinking of the children and their happiness," Miandad, a former Pakistani Cricket Coach told Tehelka newspaper in his first interview to the Indian media since the much talked about wedding between his son Junaid and Dawood's daughter Mahrukh.

Asked how he felt getting his son married to the daughter of a wanted terrorist, Miandad said "I am not concerned about Dawood or who he is. I am only interested in the happiness of our children," a release issued by Tehelka said.

"They should be happy with Allah's blessings. That is all. What have I done? What have the children done? Just because she is someone's daughter, will you say let her die?" he said during the telephonic interview.

"Why blame the girl? That is my point. Even you people (Indians) leave things to kismat," he said.

Miandad said the man, designated a global terrorist by the U S, is a "distant relation" of his wife. "My wife is known to their family and they are distant relatives."

"My grandparents were from India only. My relations are all in India, my mother belongs to India but the circumstances took a different turn and it all changed. I still have my uncle, I still have my relations (in India), we don't have any relatives here," Miandad said.

Miandad, however, was not forthcoming on when and how he met Dawood. "You see when and how I met him, I don't want to talk about. I don't want to talk about Dawood or anybody, right? I am concerned about myself and my family, that's it. What have I done? What have the children done?" he said.

He was reluctant to talk about the venue and circumstances in which the wedding took place. Asked if the actual wedding was solemnized in Mecca, he said "nobody knows anything but still everyone is writing. How can I stop it, why should I deny or why should I confirm? It has nothing to do with me, it's better to shut ears and eyes to all that."

Upset with the way Indian media played up the wedding, Miandad confessed that he had in fact asked his friends in India not to attend it.

"There was so much build up, in fact we had to tell people not to come. I dont want anyone getting into trouble because of me. My friends have sent me SMS's, they have sent me their good wishes.

"We understand there were compulsions. It is over, finished. The match is over and the wickets have been removed from the field,", he said adding "young kids aged 21 and 22 are getting married. Spare them at least when their marriage is being solemnized."

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