Posted by Zakaria Virk
In september 2013 , Nawaz Sharif’s niece Khabija got married to the grandson of former Indian Army Lt General PN Hoon Kanv Pratap Singh. The marriage was solemnised at a Chandigarh hotel in presence of family members and close friends. While entire family from the boy’s side was present, only the mother of the girl, Nawaz Sharif’s sister-in-law was in attendance.
CHANDIGARH: It should ideally have been one of the most high-profile marriages in the Indian sub-continent for obvious reason that the bride is the niece of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the daughter of the Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. And the groom is the grandson of a high-flying retired Indian Army General PN Hoon.
However, the marriage was kept a low-key affair for political and religious implications it may have in Pakistan as the fundamentalists there may not accept the marriage of the niece of their Prime Minister to a Hindu boy from India. And probably that explains the absence of both Nawaz and Shahbaz from all the ceremonies.
Nawaz Sharif’s niece Khabija on Friday got married to the grandson of former Indian Army Lt General PN Hoon Kanv Pratap Singh. The marriage was solemnised at a Chandigarh hotel in presence of family members and close friends. While entire family from the boy’s side was present, only the mother of the girl, Nawaz Sharif’s sister-in-law was in attendance.
Khabija is the daughter of Shahabaz Sharif’s third wife. Shahbaz himself so far is married four times and is currently living with his fourth wife.
Khabija and Kanv reportedly met in the United States where both were studying together. Kanv completed his MBA from the US after studying in the prestigious Lawrence School in Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh.
The marriage which was interesting for the obvious reasons of not only being cross border, but also between the first family of Pakistan and an ex-Indian Army General who is known for his strong anti-Pakistan rhetoric. General Hoon is an RSS ideologue and holds a hawkish position on India-Pak relationship. He is settled in Panchkula on the outskirts of Chandigarh city.
Leading Bangalore-based daily Deccan Herald commented on the marriage, “On either side of the border between India and Pakistan, two elite influential families, including one of Pakistan’s top political family currently in power, ceremoniously entered into a relationship by virtue of the marriage of their children in Chandigarh on Friday.”
An impressive marriage ceremony took place during the day on Friday, a day considered auspicious by the Muslims, while a lavish reception was arranged at a swanky five-star hotel in Chandigarh in the evening. The event was a testimony to the recognition and blend of cultures, identities and ideologies sans borders.
For reasons best known to the family, the welcome notice outside the venue read “Somya weds Kanv.” The high-profile reception witnessed a host of VVIPs from the two nations. The list of invitees was carefully crafted and later pruned to make the event a close-knit wedding. Some Punjab MLAs were also present at the marriage.
Posted by Zakaria Virk on September 27, 2013.