23 October, 2014 / 27 Zilhaj, 1435

Wasim Akram marries Australian girlfriend

Updated Aug 21, 2013 07:08pm
This handout photograph provided courtesy of Wasim Akram on August 21, 2013 shows former Pakistani cricket captain Wasim Akram (L) posing for a photograph with his Australian bride Shaniera Thompson during their wedding ceremony in Lahore on August 12, 2013. -Photo by AFP
This handout photograph provided courtesy of Wasim Akram on August 21, 2013 shows former Pakistani cricket captain Wasim Akram (L) posing for a photograph with his Australian bride Shaniera Thompson during their wedding ceremony in Lahore on August 12, 2013. -Photo by AFP
Wasim Akram with Shaniera Thompson. -File photo
Wasim Akram with Shaniera Thompson. -File photo

KARACHI: Famed Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson, saying he has started a new life on a happy note.

“I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife and for my kids,” Wasim told AFP.

The 47-year-old's first wife, Huma, died in 2009 after multiple organ failure.

Wasim proposed to the 30-year-old former public relations consultant on bended knee last month and they married on August 12.

Thompson came to Karachi earlier this month before going to Lahore to see Wasim's ailing father. The marriage was solemnised there in the presence of immediate family and a few close friends.

Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu.

“She has embraced Islam and is learning our language. She has been close to my sons and they form a very good bond,” said Wasim of his two sons from his first marriage.

He said his new wife was eager to settle quickly in Pakistan.

“I sincerely hope the people of Pakistan and our friends and supporters across the globe will give us their blessing and support,” he said.

Wasim played 104 Tests and 356 one-day internationals for Pakistan in a career lasting from 1984 to 2003.

He was regarded as one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to have played the game and remains a major celebrity in Pakistan.

Wasim was player of the tournament in the country's only triumph in the World Cup, in Australia in 1992 and captained Pakistan to a runners-up finish in the 1999 World Cup in England.


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Dilber Maseeh
Aug 21, 2013 05:06pm

Thanks Wasim for legitimising this relationship promptly.

Aakashvaani
Aug 21, 2013 05:15pm

Thank the lord, She has 'Embraced' Islam. Allah-hu-Akbar. Otherwise in Pakistan.....

Goga Nalaik
Aug 21, 2013 05:15pm

My best wishes for both of you.

Altaf Jaffer
Aug 21, 2013 05:20pm

Congrats Wasim bhai! Now you can bowl in the second innings!

Still it would have been wonderfull had you converted to Christianity. This would have been a big positive step for women's and minority rights in Pakistan!

And the perfect reverse swing against the bearded ones!

TKhan
Aug 21, 2013 05:35pm

"Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu."

Wasim is also converted to Islam and learning to speak Aussie!

khanm
Aug 21, 2013 05:42pm

@Dilber Maseeh: what is to you?

joe
Aug 21, 2013 06:06pm

Congratulations Wasim.

Kamran Salabat Naz
Aug 21, 2013 06:08pm

I wish Wasim Akram very best of luck. May Allah bring happinesses in his family life the way he made us happy with his performance in cricketing field. Kamran Salabat Naz

Raja
Aug 21, 2013 06:16pm

This guy couldn't find a woman in Pakistan? Pakistani woman not good enough for him?

Observer
Aug 21, 2013 06:20pm

Shame on you Mr. Akram for setting this example for our youth who have blind faith in you. There is no modernism in marrying out of your culture and tradition especially when your actions (unlike a commoner) influence a part of the grwoing population. Try to find me the names of just a handful of heros from across the globe who have set examples like you have by picking a partner from a ifferent race, religion, culture and country. All to just show off to poor public. What a mid-life crisis. Shame on you.

Faroukh Bhandara
Aug 21, 2013 06:21pm

She converted. What a relief to all Pakistanis!!!

Mike
Aug 21, 2013 06:29pm

Good for him and her, but I guarantee you this marriage would not even last for a year if she lives in Pakistan.

Expat
Aug 21, 2013 06:44pm

Why spoil the romance & marriage by 'conversion' to Islam. ? Does n't Islam allow marriage to a Christian girl ?

waseem
Aug 21, 2013 06:53pm

That was a Yorker dude.......wish u and ur family a good future..

Lakhkar Khan, Pakhawar de khkulo khar
Aug 21, 2013 06:55pm

Congrats, Wasim and Shaniera. May life brings you much happiness and joy.

Ali
Aug 21, 2013 06:55pm

Best wishes. I wish you and your family a wonderful and happy future.

Rogers Evans
Aug 21, 2013 06:59pm

Congratulations, Waseem ! May Allah bless you both with happiness !

Paki_pow3r
Aug 21, 2013 07:01pm

Best wishes for the future Wasim, wife and kids. May god bless you and your family. Ameen.

Adnan Ahmed
Aug 21, 2013 07:01pm

Congratulations to Wasim & his kids. I wish them all a wonderful happy & healthy life together. I hope all Pakistani's welcome his wife with open hearts.

Junaid
Aug 21, 2013 07:21pm

Great news. Congratulations Wasim bhai and Shaniera. May both of you be blessed with a happy family life ahead.

shahid
Aug 21, 2013 07:26pm

May Almighty bless the new family with a happy life.

Hyder
Aug 21, 2013 07:27pm

Sir,

Like Imran like Akram, but any how wish them all the best. Sorry Susmeta Sen.

Regards,

Maik
Aug 21, 2013 07:35pm

Good luck mates from Australia, hope this works well unlike Imran's, Wish you very best and successful marraige, inter religion or multi cultural marraiges are difficult path, telling from my experience, hope it works because it is followed by many around globe like me and my wife....

AbbasToronto
Aug 21, 2013 07:36pm

What a handsome couple.

Bet he would look even more dashing in a well trimmed beard, and she her head covered.

WIshing you prosperity and happiness (though am not a cricket fan).

nEo
Aug 21, 2013 07:36pm

17 yrs age difference, after marriage might take its toll... and yes, Akram felt it was necessary for him to mention that she has converted and learning the language.. typical ... hope it doesn't go the Imran-Jemima way.. she has told the newspapers after coming back that first few years are ok, but later its kinda suffocating ....donno how come she is going to sustain our way of life.. best wishes to both though.

elahi
Aug 21, 2013 07:39pm

Smells like Green Card weeding!

really?
Aug 21, 2013 07:47pm

@Dilber Maseeh: None of your business.

Sandeep Singh
Aug 21, 2013 07:50pm

She embraced Islam or She was told to embrace Islam. Both are different things.

Wilma Canla
Aug 21, 2013 07:51pm

Why does she have to convert to Islam? I have never come across a situation when its the other way around. Hypocrisy at its best

Syed Hashmi
Aug 21, 2013 07:54pm

May Allah bless both of you.

Faraz
Aug 21, 2013 08:29pm

Best wishes with hope that wasim will not face the bitter experience of imran khan having married with foreign girl.

Urooj Khan
Aug 21, 2013 08:36pm

Congrats Wasim!! wish you and Shaniera all the best.

Eldrick Lal
Aug 21, 2013 08:48pm

Wasim! Why have you not embraced her faith/religion? It would have been great if you learn more Australian English and about Ms. Thompson culture and values!

Ahmed
Aug 21, 2013 08:59pm

stop calling him his girlfriend!!! He married his fiance, NOT his girlfriend!!!

Vikram Patil
Aug 21, 2013 09:12pm

What is the reaction of Pakistani women to this news? Specially the widows and the divorcees. Are they happy with Akram's actions?

Will maulana Fazl go after the Australian agenda now?

Saahil
Aug 21, 2013 09:19pm

Why is converting to Islam necessary, if it is true love then she can practice her religion or no religion for that matter. I give this marriage a little less time than Imran Khan and Jemima's wedding. This girl is in for a major cultural shock as fanatics will now ask her to wear restrictive clothing and to act like a medieval Arabic woman like many women do in Pakistan.

Brain
Aug 21, 2013 09:41pm

All good bt i dont think anyone should convert his/her religion - How would he feel if he has to abanndon Islam

NASR
Aug 21, 2013 09:43pm

Dear Wasim A lot of Mubarakbad to you on this occasion of your marriage. It is also great Shaniera is learning urdu and we also hope she is learning Islam too. Again, Congratulaions to you and Shaniera

Raj
Aug 21, 2013 09:42pm

Just curious,Why Pakistani celebrities look for girls outside Pakistan, to name a few Imran Khan, Shoaib, Wasim,Mohsin Khan, Saqlain etc. Aren't Pakistani women good looking?

Expat
Aug 21, 2013 09:51pm

People used to taunt Imran Khan for marrying a British national, hope Wasim Akram doe n't have go through it.

Sheikh
Aug 21, 2013 11:07pm

Good luck! And be happy.

Sheikh
Aug 21, 2013 11:10pm

@Dilber Maseeh: Hahaha... don't you have bigger problems to worry about boss?

Farhan
Aug 21, 2013 11:52pm

Its good news for all of us.

Wasim done a wonderful job, May ALLAH almighty bless them..

Regards Syed Farhan Shah

Ali
Aug 21, 2013 11:54pm

@Dilber Maseeh: As if he had a relationship with you or you had any problem with that.

Gulbaz Mushtaq
Aug 21, 2013 11:55pm

"He was regarded as one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to have played the game..."

Correct sentence would be ... "He was regarded as one of the best fast bowlers to have played the game...".

He was one of the best among all and not only in left-arm bowlers.

Jawwad
Aug 22, 2013 12:34am

Good luck to both. Welcome to Pakistan Shaneria. I am certain you will enjoy the immense hospitality of Pakistan.

taxla
Aug 22, 2013 12:45am

Best wishes and happy married life.

taxla
Aug 22, 2013 12:45am

Best wishes for now and ever to both of you.

ordinary_citizen
Aug 22, 2013 01:08am

Hmmm......... Seems like another Jemima khan story to me........

yaqoob ahmad
Aug 22, 2013 01:11am

All the best for the new beginning we all are with you and wish you very happy and exciting future.

Asif
Aug 22, 2013 01:25am

Good luck to him and his new family life.

chemstar333
Aug 22, 2013 03:23am

Very best and Great life in the future.

robin
Aug 22, 2013 03:39am

Wasim , when he played cricket was very much pro Indian and a perfect example of indo-pak peace. Best of luck

Iftikhar
Aug 22, 2013 04:17am

Hello Wasim Akram,

Heartiest congratulations on your marriage. May God bless both of you with a happy marriage life and plenty of children.

You were a fighter in the field and shown this virtue off the field as well. You have taken a brave step in this directionless society surronded by jahil maulvies. May God be with you.

Nadeem Mirza
Aug 22, 2013 04:59am

Hoping and praying it lasts!

OMG
Aug 22, 2013 05:18am

I predict that this won't last more than 3 years !!!

Asad
Aug 22, 2013 05:40am

@Dilber Maseeh: So what makes you think the relationship was illegitimate up till now?

Rizwan
Aug 22, 2013 06:55am

Congrats to Wasim. Best wishes for a long and happy married life.

Mohammad Farooq
Aug 22, 2013 07:42am

May you have a happy and a wonderful life together.

Sardar890
Aug 22, 2013 09:22am

Why everyone is after Waseem in Pakistan?; He has even asked his wife to convert to Islam and she readily accepted. Now those who are jealous or believe such a Gori should have fallen in their laps, instead of Waseem's, will always have something to say. May Allah keep them together, Aameen.

Hassan
Aug 22, 2013 09:39am

My very best wishes to the two of you; I hope the future has nothing but smiles for you and those around you. Oh, and I do look forward to hateful comments here about her religion, about how Waseem did not do justice to the legacy of his first wife and other matters which people will conveniently take into their own hands. The futile passion burning in the very heart of this society makes for some good entertainment. :)

zafarov
Aug 22, 2013 10:16am

@Dilber Maseeh: Why are you thanking Wasim? What business is it of yours, or anybody's for that matter, to be concerned whether that relationship is legitimate or not?.

Jaan
Aug 22, 2013 10:34am

@Dilber Maseeh: yea man... You are the final judge. Hope you are not on any official duty these days.

Saad
Aug 22, 2013 10:41am

Much respect and best wishes for the happy couple.

Saeed
Aug 22, 2013 12:12pm

Wishing you both a successful wedded life.

intazar ALI
Aug 22, 2013 12:35pm

good Mr wasim pray for you both

skhan
Aug 22, 2013 12:45pm

Best wishes for the couple!

Diana
Aug 22, 2013 12:50pm

Good luck! Love conquers everything! Pakistani men can be amazing but at the same time they can be hard to live with. So again Good luck with Pakistani man! You might need it! :)

Dave
Aug 22, 2013 01:09pm

Wooohoo! Wasim bhai in the footsteps of Imran Khan. Wasim bhai for PM....anybody?

Pak
Aug 22, 2013 01:27pm

@Raj: Arent Pakistani women good looking?

Raj, what sort of question is that?

A Shah
Aug 22, 2013 01:40pm

Traitor!

Mirza Gee
Aug 22, 2013 01:49pm

@Diana: Oh our amazingness does have a price.

Shah
Aug 22, 2013 01:50pm

@Expat: Jamima was nice too, Imran's marriage fell apart cause he was hell bent on becoming a leader but failed at home ... and that costed him his marriage, you bring a woman into a different culture, which is no less than a culture shock, than avert your attention deep into politics... sooner or later, that woman is going to crack... she held in though, I don't blame her... Sure, imran became a leader ... but lost the house.

Hazart Mohammad
Aug 22, 2013 01:51pm

LOVE JIHAD at its very best....

Suren Singh Sahni
Aug 22, 2013 01:54pm

Good one Wasim all the Best. You have found love irrespective of caste creed and culture.

Majid
Aug 22, 2013 01:58pm

Best of luck to you Wasim and Shaniera ! May Allah bless you and your family with health and happiness.

Please ignore all the ignorant hypocrites here posting negative comments....They will be bitter and twisted whatever the news story.

Muhammad Farooq
Aug 22, 2013 01:59pm

All the best for the couple :)

Proud Pakistan
Aug 22, 2013 02:00pm

@Sandeep Singh: She was asked to embrace Islam and She accepted. Hope things are more clearer....

By the way let me ask you to embrace Islam as well... Go on atleast do some research on it :)

M A Mujeeb
Aug 22, 2013 02:20pm

@Wilma Canla: It is not necessary for a Christian lady to embrace Islam. Islam allows muslims to marry women from the "People of the Book" i.e Jews and Christians. The man and woman can practice their own religion. However, the only restrictive condition in Islam is that the Children should be brought up as Muslims.

Kesar
Aug 22, 2013 02:30pm

@A Shah: Get a life and let others live the way they choose.

WY
Aug 22, 2013 02:34pm

MashAllah... May Allah keep them happy and bless us all Its a big thing when one reverts to Islam... we must welcome this

Asif
Aug 22, 2013 02:41pm

@Saahil: I think she has already been to Pakistan before marriage and is quite aware of the culture, so she has made an informed decision. She is also a 30 year old not a 13 year old. If she has converted to Islam its her choice, she has not been forced to do it. In the traditional societies (including India - unless belonging to the totally westernised class) women wear restrictive or modest clothing. It is the norm and generally accepted even by women themselves. Muslim women chose to wear the modest clothing following the guidance and requirements of their faith. What may appear restrictive to you is considered appropriate and flexible by them. For majority of Muslims, faith is of paramount importance to them, that can be the reason that Wasim is marrying after she has converted to Islam.

Bkh
Aug 22, 2013 02:50pm

I am of Indian decent, married to British women and divorced. Good Wasim married Shenira Thomson, but compelling her to Pakistan culture is not fair. Wasim married her as she is, not what she will become after her adaptation to Pakistan culture with rigid values. It is not fair changing her into a Pakistani woman. It is soothing to see her being Crocodile Dundee than anything else.

Asif
Aug 22, 2013 02:52pm

@Eldrick Lal: I think Wasim is a regular visitor to Australia since a long time and know Australian culture and values. He has appeared as a television commentator so he already know Australian English.

Sayeed Altaf Hussein
Aug 22, 2013 03:17pm

Love conquers all, rubbish. Its not love but lust. Aren

azmat khan
Aug 22, 2013 03:49pm

Sincere congrats to the couple.

beam
Aug 22, 2013 04:00pm

He will be a good 'first' husband for her.

Tiger Pride
Aug 22, 2013 04:38pm

We Indians love Wasim Bhai and respect his decision. He is like one of our own. He has a golden heart and friendly attitude towards life in general. When his first wife was unwell, the Indian doctors tried their best to save her life, but it was sadly too late. Now every Indian wishes him success in his new life and hope Shaneria will look after him well for the rest of his life. He is the pride of the subcontinent. India Pakistan ki dosti humesha qayam rahe!

Akram
Aug 22, 2013 06:22pm

Mubarak ho Wasim bhai, I hope you are both khush.

Raees Javeri
Aug 22, 2013 06:50pm

@A Shah: You should not say that.every one is free to marry girl from any country or religion.Wasim is better than you as he converted her to Islam.guys like you have just to critisize others and Jealous of others.

Raees Javeri
Aug 22, 2013 06:56pm

Congratulations on this happy occasion and wish you all the best.

G.Nabi
Aug 22, 2013 07:19pm

Whatever happened to old cliche," Among 180 millions he could not fine one", Imran K. had to face this verbal assault by quite a few Pakistanis who questioned his choice of life partner.Imran's ex was a Brit.

naren
Aug 22, 2013 08:55pm

@Faroukh Bhandara: Like that is the only thing that matters in Pakistan

ad
Aug 22, 2013 09:50pm

Congratulations to Wasim from India!

Jim
Aug 22, 2013 10:19pm

She must be madly in love with this him , though he is an ordinary looking guy.

Raj
Aug 22, 2013 10:53pm

@Asif: Well, it's she who converted and moving to Pakistan not the other way,so your comment doesn't make sense.

Raj
Aug 22, 2013 10:55pm

@Proud Pakistan: Research what?Actions of people will tell what their religions teach them,don't have to do research.

Raj
Aug 22, 2013 10:55pm

@Suren Singh Sahni : What do you mean? He made her convert to his religion, so your comment doesn't make sense unless he accepted her the way she was.

Raj
Aug 22, 2013 10:56pm

@Pak : My question is clear.

Ashok R.Prabhu
Aug 23, 2013 02:00am

Blessings and best wishes to Wasim Akram and his bride on the occasion of his marriage and may he live happily always.

aditya
Aug 23, 2013 03:59am

@Proud Pakistan: in how many pieces?

RATNESH JACHAK
Aug 23, 2013 04:11am

Good luck to u Wasim for ur second inning in marriage life.

Descent Guy
Aug 23, 2013 04:30am

@Eldrick Lal: You can never understand this Mr Lal.

Wilma Canla
Aug 23, 2013 04:49am

@Asif: Its the same illogical excuse given each time that the girl voluntarily chose to convert, have you ever asked why someone should be expected to convert especially girls who marry Muslim men? All the tall claims of religious freedom in Islam and treating other religions as equal falls flatly

Ohsama
Aug 23, 2013 05:19am

@Saad: then why are you Saad?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Aug 23, 2013 06:42am

Wishing the couple the best of everything for a long and prosperous happy married life.We must also understand, appreciate and realize that as they say, marriages are made in the heavens by the God Almighty. In fact, in most cases, one can never imagine with whom he or she could end up as husband or wife and spend rest of the life with them.

However, once married, it is indeed a great challenge for both sides to live together a happy and content life especially when the two parties stem from different culture, background, national origin, race, ethnicity, creed, values, norms, history and heritage. In such cases in particular, both the sides have to overlook, override, forget and forgive the so-called 'pre-marital baggage' that each one of the two parties bring with it. At the same time, they have to 'undergo, effect and alter lots of their old habits based on the principle of 'better changes and fair compromises' for the betterment of the two families at large, which at times become very hard and difficult to implement. Nevertheless, if the bride and groom are really sincere, caring, understanding, loving, accommodating and dedicated to each other, then things might become more favorable and life moves on in the right direction. If not, then the end result is not different than what the whole world has encountered in the case of legendary ex cricketer cum current politician Imran Ullah Khan Niazi.

illawarrior
Aug 23, 2013 07:36am

@Raj: Celebrities usually travel more than the average citizen, and thus have more opportunity to meet people from other countries. It does not mean that they seek them out.

AJ
Aug 23, 2013 08:24am

@Hazart Mohammad: Jihad means to STRIVE Or Jaadu Jehad, everyone is Jihadi in their lives, but I know your Sarcasm it is obvious by your name "Hazart Mohammad", how can the moderator allow this and don't allow constructive comments. This is become a heaven for fundamentalist Hindus.

AJ
Aug 23, 2013 08:29am

@Raj: Don't worry about it RAJ, to understand you need common sense and it is very obvious from your post that your lacking of it. Let me explain to you anyway and when you are ready you can understand it. Every man and woman has choice to marry according to their likeness and fondness. It is very simple but as I said required common sense. Congrats Wasim.

Robert
Aug 23, 2013 09:20am

@Aakashvaani: She converted to Islam because she did not know what it is . Wait for 2 years or less she will b back in Australia practicing her religion

AbbasToronto
Aug 23, 2013 09:39am

@Wilma Canla:

This is because religions are tied to economy: Pastoral (Judahism), Agrarian (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity), and Exchange (Socratic Hellenism, Mohammedan Islam).

It is not wise to adopt values of an earlier economy. Elementary Ms Watson!

uchak
Aug 23, 2013 11:44am

Wasim Bhai, congratulations!! I wish the very best for you. You have not only done good for yourself but also for your religion. This straightaway takes you to jannat and this is one enemy less now. Thank you and all the best. you have given encouragement to all muslims.

Raja Parekh
Aug 23, 2013 12:54pm

My congratulations to the married couple. I read comments here from several people about the religion factors and wonder what would have happened if Wasimbhai agreed for opting to Christianity and then got married.

Dr. Muhammad Asghar Saqib
Aug 23, 2013 01:25pm

I am very delighted to read this news. From the core of my heart I pray for happy married life for Wasim and Shaniera Bhabhi. I know Wasim will be an excellent husband, and hope his wife will be like a real mother for his sons.

nEo
Aug 23, 2013 01:45pm

@Proud Pakistan: for a change why don't you go and embrace Sikhism or Hinduism for that matter... and i don't think anybody need any research to learn about islam, much said and done, if followers of that religion are so 'peaceful' and 'forgiving' least say about it.... oh, someone just blew himself up in the name of your god.. bravo.. praise the lord.

insomniac
Aug 23, 2013 01:46pm

@Asif: and who are you to tell what 'might' be appropriate and flexible for the muslim women.. nothing is norm mate when women's righthood is in consideration.. let them take that call...

wasim should thank shaniera that she respected her feelings and agreed to convert.. don't you think faith is of paramount importance to her as well being a christian... she is in love with him unconditionally... i cannot say the same for wasim...his faith is more important to him than his love for her... god forbid, he might leave her too for the same reason in the future.. or eventually she might give up on him as well.... i would have expected him to behave in a more cultured modern way of life and respect her individuality & identity too..

Abbasi
Aug 23, 2013 03:16pm

Waseem Bhai tusee great ho. Lots of love and respect from Abbasi (Pakistan)

Faraz
Aug 23, 2013 03:36pm

i married to a foregin girl and we lived happily for one and a half year having one baby girl. one fine morning to the utmost of my surpise she told me that i'm no more interesting to her and she leaves me alone in search of some interesting person.Hope this does not happens with wasim and other my country fellow having foreign wives.

shahnawaz
Aug 23, 2013 03:39pm

@Raja Parekh:

"...what would have happened if Wasimbhai agreed for opting to Christianity and then got married."

A futwa would have gone out for Waseem's killing for apostasy .

Vikram Patil
Aug 23, 2013 04:01pm

@M A Mujeeb:

Does Islam allow muslim women to marry the men from the "People of the Book" , i.e., Jews and Christians? If the answer is no, then the hypocrisy charge stands.

Why the restriction that the children be brought up as muslims? Why not inculcate in them widely accepted good morals and then when they reach adulthood, let them choose any religion they want or no religion if they don't.

shahnawaz
Aug 23, 2013 04:30pm

@Raees Javeri:

Imran Khan also converted one Jemima Goldsmith to Jemima Khan and adorned her with duputta. They were married form 1995-2004. After the divorce, the muslim Jemima Khan went into an 'un-islamic' romantic relationship with Hugh Grant from 2004-2007.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Aug 23, 2013 05:46pm

Wishing the couple the best of everything for a long and prosperous happy married life.We must also understand, appreciate and realize that that as they say, marriages are made in the heavens by the God Almighty. In fact, in most cases, one can never imagine with whom he or she could end up as husband or wife and spend rest of the life with them.

However, once married, it is indeed a great challenge for both sides to live together a happy and content life especially when the two parties stem from different culture, background, national origin, race, ethnicity, creed, values, norms, history and heritage. In such cases in particular, both the sides have to overlook, override, forget and forgive the so-called 'pre-marital baggage' that each one of the two parties bring with it. At the same time, they have to 'undergo, effect and alter lots of their old habits based on the principle of 'better changes and compromises' for the betterment of the family at large, which at times become very hard and difficult to implement. Nevertheless, if the bride and groom are really sincere, caring, understanding, loving, accommodating and dedicated to each other, things become more favorable and life moves on in the right direction. If not, then the end is not different than what the whole world has encountered in the case of legendary ex cricketer cum current politician Imran Ullah Khan Niazi.

A Buddhist
Aug 23, 2013 05:58pm

@Proud Pakistan: Let me ask you to first embrace Buddhism ... Go on at least do some research on it. You cant, can you? I mean you are not allowed to even research another religion. :)

arif
Aug 23, 2013 06:01pm

@WY:

Have a party to celebrate the conversion of another kuffar , and then another party to mourn the death of 1300 babies in Syria.

Stupidity has its limits.

Ashok R.Prabhu
Aug 24, 2013 12:19am

@Sayeed Altaf Hussein: Love is blind.Pyar Kiya Nahi Jata Hai,Ho Jata Hai.

Ali
Aug 24, 2013 02:17am

@Sayeed Altaf Hussein: if you are asking others to marry "desi girls", why have you left your country and living in europe.

anam
Aug 24, 2013 03:39am

congratulations to newly wedded couple good luck!

Zicky
Aug 24, 2013 06:38am

@Sandeep Singh: Brother, always remember you never understand everything completely. Being uselessly reluctant to something does not help your cause. i say you to think our of the box. And before rejecting something, have a complete understanding of that thing you are going to hate so hard.

Zicky
Aug 24, 2013 06:40am

@A Buddhist: You are wrong. I am a muslim and there is no religion on earth i have not searched. Trust me the muslims you are fighting against here on internet might not be the one who should be representing islam. Don't judge islam by a muslim you hate. First do a deep study of Islam by a positive mind and then make a decision. I don't hate any religion. neither should you.

Singh
Aug 24, 2013 07:47am

@Proud Pakistan: :-) Asking a Sikh to accept another religion. Let me tell you what Sikhism teach: all humans are came from same energy and are equals irrespective of their religion, color and gender. Islam for us is another way to remember that one God/engery. Second read about 'BABA ZORAWAR SINGH JI & BABA FATEH SINGH JI' and ask same question again.

zafarov
Aug 24, 2013 12:14pm

@Gulbaz Mushtaq: And he was indisputably THE very best left arm fast bowler the world has ever seen. He could bowl inswingers and outswingers and toe crushing yorkers and lethal bouncers to right handed and left handed batsmen at will, from over the wicket or round the wicket, from close to the stumps or from far. He defied all recommended techniques of fast bowling. He didn't seem to have measured run up , he didn't have a jump before delivering. He ran in hidden behind the umpire and would suddenly appear just before delivering the ball which he kept well hidden. The batsman had no clue what was coming at him. At his peak, he bowled at ferocious speed of 90mph+. David Lloyd, his contemporary at Lancashire called him a creative artist. Watch the interviews of the best batsmen in the world who faced him to get a true assessment of Wasim's bowling. Watch Alan Donald's tribute to him. If anyone can think of another left arm fast bowler to match him, I would like to hear his name.. Astonishingly, it is Pakistan that found a new gem in Mohammed Amir who showed the world he had the potential of reaching Wasim's level. And we failed miserably to provide the guidance and looking after he needed.

Shah
Aug 24, 2013 01:06pm

@shahnawaz: what else you expected? western women are not like our women who weep and cry whole life and take divorce as taboo, they move on and build another life.

You expect her to respect our values after what happened to her? camon !!! Wasim got a job to do too. You stay faithful and you teach and act what you believe in and they will support you. Trust me, a covert based on knowledge is far better than one born as a muslim.

Shah
Aug 24, 2013 01:09pm

@arif: I am glad you didn't blame it on a drone again !!!

Shah
Aug 24, 2013 01:16pm

Wasim Akram marries Australian girlfriend...

so if he had married someone from Pakistan, of course after dating, would the title read the same?

... anyone spot the irony?