Pakistani MPA Sharmila Farooqi is off the market.
Born into a political family, she's a Pakistan People's Party loyalist. The only other great love in her life appears to be her new husband, Hasham Riaz Sheikh, son of former Director General of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Ahmed Riaz Sheikh. A former investment banker, Hasham is now advisor to Asif Ali Zardari and spokesperson for Bilawal Bhutto.
Sharmila and Hasham met in a cabinet meeting in 2010, and in interviews the couple have said it was love at first sight. They've been inseparable since, with much of their courtship taking place in the public eye.
With her enthusiastic use of social media, Sharmila's love life and now, her wedding, is very much open to scrutiny. The politician seems to relish the attention and it's no secret she's been yearning for her big fat desi wedding to finally become a reality.
The wait's over now: Sharmila and Hasham got hitched yesterday, following a lavish week-long celebration. Sharmila made sure to wear a mix of hip and classic designers and, among other things, treated her guests to a performance by Sukhbir.
Here's the lowdown on her wedding bonanza:
Sharmila and Hasham are your quintessential love-dovey, demonstrative couple. They celebrate birthdays and anniversaries like they're going out of style. It's clear there's nothing this couple won't do to make each other happy... like this heart shaped flower arrangement Hasham organised for Sharmila's birthday recently:
|Hasham treats Sharmila to a whole lotta flowers. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
He even bought her a birthday cake decorated with her favourite stuff - a fondant phone, lots of Chanel accessories, pearls and lipsticks galore:
|They call each other 'Beezu' by the way. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
The bridal shower:
Soon enough, it was time for Sharmila's bridal shower. The theme was saris, and of course, Sharmila. Here, Sharmila and her friends pose in front of a Sharmila-themed photo booth:
|Sharmila and her friends pose. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
The bridal shower was a women's-only affair, replete with fun accessories:
|'Bride to be!' sunnies and other trinkets. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
And then on to the mayun, ghazal night, 'Cavalli-Qawwali', and mehndi:
The first order of business was a ghazal night. Sharmila wore a yellow and green Faiza Samee outfit and her mom dolled up in pink.
|Sharmila in Faiza Samee at ghazal night.— Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
At the mayun Sharmila wore an outfit by Mrs. Kazmi.
|Sharmila at her mayun in Mrs. Kazmi. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
The wedding week's highlight was Sharmila's Roberto Cavalli themed Qawwali night — pun intended, we're sure!
Sharmila posed in an Ali Xeeshan outfit on an animal-print panaflex dance floor. Sukhbir made a guest appearance and sang his old-time hits as well as some latest Bollywood numbers for the lovestruck couple.
|L-R: Sharmila poses in Ali Xeeshan, Sukhbir sings for the crowd.— Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
For her mehndi Sharmila made a grand entrance on a horse, and wore Bunto Kazmi. The theme 'Sharmila Ki Prem Gali' included mannequins in traditional Sindhi gear as well as a street with a bangles corner.
|Sharmila in Bunto Kazmi on a horse. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
|A close-up of Sharmila's mehndi jora from Bunto. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
All in all, the lead-up to her wedding was quite the affair.
The main event(s) — the nikkah and shaadi:
For her nikkah, Sharmila went with designer Farah Talib Aziz:
|Sharmila with her family at the nikkah. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
And on her shaadi Sharmila played it safe and classic in red with a Bunto Kazmi jora. Not to be outshone, husband Hasham wore a sherwani that was just as ornately embroidered as Sharmila's outfit.
|Sharmila in Bunto Kazmi. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
|Sharmila and Hasham. — Photo courtesy Sharmila Farooqi|
The week-long celebration was in stark contrast to how most politicians manage their 'private' events — keeping a low profile and such. Indeed, Sharmila and Hasham may just be Karachi's answer to Bani Gala lovebirds Imran and Reham — and why not?
After the big day congratulatory messages poured in from friends and politicians alike, with Bilawal Bhutto leading the pack:
Wedding or no wedding, Sharmila has made it clear that politics won't take a backseat as she showed up to cast her vote on polling day for Senate elections — with mehndi and bangles intact.