Last week’s wedding of Jodhpur advocate Arbaz with Ameena, though different from the traditional nuptials, had it all — qazis to solemnise the union and cheering families, all beamed on larger-than-life LED screens in the Rajasthan town and the Pakistani port city.
But the Arbaz-Ameena wedding on August 2 was free from controversies. “We had the ‘roka (engagement)’ ceremony earlier through our relatives in Pakistan and had been waiting for a visa (for Ameena). Since the visa process was delayed, we decided to solemnise the wedding online,” said the groom’s father Mohammad Afzal, a civil contractor in Jodhpur.
According to Afzal, the strained relations with Pakistan have not greatly affected cross-border marital bonds as people have relatives on both sides. “Now we will wait for Ameena’s visa. It should be easier as the wedding has been solemnised,” said Arbaz.