With Visa Clearance, Sushma Swaraj Scripts Happy Beginning For Pak Bride

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The visas of Priya Bacchani and her family were expedited after Sushma Swaraj's intervention.


Jodhpur:  Tension between India and Pakistan has caused some breathless moments to a young bride from Karachi who was engaged to be married to a young man from Jodhpur. But with some help from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the wedding took place today.

On Sunday evening, Priya Bacchani and Naresh Tewani looked radiant.

"We were very tense and worried in between about whether we would get the visa," said Ms Bacchani. "Now we are happy. I want these issues between the two countries to be resolved and there should be peace."

Ms Bacchani's family had applied for visas in August, but there was no response from the Indian High Commission.

Days after the attack by four Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 soldiers were killed, the army conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control, targeting terrorists in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir on September 29.  

When no response came from the Indian High Commission even I October, Naresh Tewani in desperation had tweeted Ms Swaraj, explaining his quandary.

Known for helping Indians who seek assistance on Twitter, Ms Swaraj did not disappoint. The visas for the bride's family were cleared in time for the wedding.

Naresh's father, Kanhiya Tewani, for whom the wedding was a long cherished dream, was happy.

"We were waiting for this moment for some time now," said Mr Tewani. "It's going to end happily. My son and his bride will take their wedding vows now."

Mr Tewani's family had migrated from Pakistan's Sindh a generation ago, and he had been keen on bringing a bride from across the border for his younger son. This, he said, was a proper way to re-establish ties with the family's roots.


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