For the reception party of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza in Sialkot around 2,000 people turned up as against 1,000 invitees. In their efforts to stop the “uninvited guests” who arrived to attend the reception held at a hockey stadium on Sunday night, private security guards did not even allow some of Shoaib’s relatives and friends to enter the venue.
Thousands of Sialkotees gathered outside Shoaib’s house on Sunday and danced to the beat of drums through the day and the hockey stadium was specially decorated for the festive occasion.
But there was chaos soon after Sania, clad in a green sari with gold brocade, and Shoaib, in a white sherwani, entered the venue at 9 pm. A local journalist said 1,000 guests were present at the stadium that can accommodate only some 700 people.
The guests were served chicken korma and rice in keeping with the government’s ban on serving more than one dish at wedding receptions. Sania’s sister Anum said her sibling had come to Pakistan in 1991 to play a junior tennis tournament in Islamabad. She also described Lahore as a beautiful city that resembled Delhi.