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Wasim Akram’s wedding

Published Aug 30, 2013 08:21am


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IT has been reported that the famed paceman Wasim Akram has married his Australian girlfriend Shaniera Thompson, and that he has started a new life on a happy note (Aug 22).

In these dismal times when we mostly get to see stories and pictures of the many Pakistani victims of terrorism almost on a daily basis, it was a most refreshing change to see the smiling faces of the couple. To top it off, Wasim has also stated that she has been close to his sons (from his previous marriage) and they form a very good bond. Theirs appears to be truly a match made in Heaven!

His fiancée had reportedly already converted to Islam and had decided to call Pakistan home (July 8). Given the bad press Islam and Pakistan have unfortunately been getting for some years, it is very courageous of Ms Thompson to take these steps. Nevertheless, it is a fact that numerous people worldwide continue accepting Islam. Also, many foreigners from the East and the West, including some of our past cricketing coaches, who have spent time over here, have praised the warmth, generosity, friendiness and hospitality of the Pakistanis.

So, one is confident these are correct decisions by her. Love is such a wonderful thing, and, as they say, love conquers all. It is, “above all, the gift of oneself and a looking outward together, in the same direction”.

One wishes the couple a very long, happy, healthy and fulfilling life together. It has been said: “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” Heartiest congratulations, Wasim and Shaniera!


Comments (9) Closed

Ali Aug 30, 2013 10:30am

What is her new Islamic name?

Shak Aug 30, 2013 01:19pm

Yes we all wish him and his wife happiness together.

But why should her converting to Islam be a highlight of this relationship? For all we know being a good person is what counts. I wish people would mind their own business.

Suresh Chadar Aug 30, 2013 02:00pm

If Wasim would have converted to Christianity, then the statement "Love is such a wonderful thing, and, as they say, love conquers all. It is,

Faqir Ahmad Paracha Aug 30, 2013 04:37pm

Marriage is a couples private affair. Should we be discussing people's personal and private matters?

G.A. Aug 30, 2013 04:49pm

Wish them all the best and hope she has a wonderful time in Pakistan.

BRR Aug 30, 2013 08:22pm

If Wasim had converted he would have been killed. Such is the Islamic values displayed by Pakistanis, kill muslims who convert to other religions, celebrate when others cnvert to Islam - wonderful isn't it?

ak47 Aug 31, 2013 03:51am

@Ali: Malala

ak47 Aug 31, 2013 03:51am

@G.A.: oh yea? before Taliban will blow her up

Shaan Aug 31, 2013 03:57am

Same old crap! it is a matter of time, she will have the same fate as Reena Roy, Jemina etc. Feel pity of these confused women who gives up their religion, shame