Shoaib’s Indian visa extended

Mr and Mrs Shoiab Malik coming out from the High Commission of India in Pakistan

Indian High Commission on Friday has formally extended the visa of former Pakistani Captain Shoaib Malik for another one year.

According to sources, Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza on Friday met High Commissioner-Sharat Sabharwal at the Indian High Commission.

During the course of the meeting, Sania Mirza asked the High Commissioner to extend the visa of her husband Shoaib Malik by another one year.

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik and his wife Indian tennis star Sania Mirza arrived here last night along with her mother Naseema Mirza.

They were taken amid tight security from hotel to the Indian High commission where they met with the High Commissioner. This meeting was arranged on the request from Sania.

During the brief meeting, the couple requested the High Commissioner to extend the visa of Shoaib, which was valid till June 24 to further extend it.

Shoaib’s visa was later granted an extension of one year and includes cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Sania’s mother Naseema Mirza accompanied the couple to the Indian mission.

During the meeting Indian High Commissioner wished them well and hoped they would have a “long and happy married life.

They thanked the Indian High Commissioner for her hospitality. The meeting was held in a cordial manner and lasted for more than half an hour.

The high-profile couple arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to a frenzied reception, with the federal government according them the status of “state guests”.

After flying into Karachi from Mumbai Wednesday afternoon after their wedding on April 12, the couple arrived in the federal capital last evening.

The couple and their entourage were received by senior police and civil officials at Benazir Bhutto airport in Rawalpindi and driven to five Star Hotel in Islamabad.

The security arrangements put in place for the couple’s drive from the airport in Rawalpindi to Islamabad were akin to those made for VVIPs like the Prime Minister and President, and outsiders were barred from the hotel’s management.

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