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Caught in cross-fire: Youth awaits Pak bride as tension mounts

Seeing no progress in the process bride visa process, Tewani has reached out to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter for help.


Jodhpur: A cross-border marriage has run into the headwinds of mounting tensions between India and Pakistan.

Jodhpur based Naresh Tewani and Karachi-based Priya Bachchani, who are preparing to tie the knot closely a month from now, are now fronting concerned moments as the Indian embassy in Pakistan has not approved visas to the bride’s family and relatives.

According to the groom, in spite of having applied for visas in the recommended time and format, no one from the bride’s side has been hand out the documents so far. Seeing no progress in the process, Tewani has reached out to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter for help.

“The applications for visas for the household of the bride were filed well in time approximately 3 months back. We expected that the documents would be issued in time,” stated Tewani.

The groom’s family says wedding preparations have come to a halt as all their efforts are being directed towards confirming that the bride’s family gets the documents.

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“The minister has been pretty quick to respond to tweets by people in trouble and they have received help from her. Seeing her readiness to resolve the troubles of those in need, we have knocked on her twitter account,” Tewani stated.

The groom’s father Kanhaiya Lal stated Priya’s family in Karachi has also been continuously in touch with elected legislatures from their community, but nothing cheering has happened till now.

“It was my long-cherished dream to have a Pakistani bride for my son since my visit to Pakistan in 2001, seeing the similarity in culture and traditions between both the countries. But given the circumstances, I think that the realization of this dream might take longer,” he rued.

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