Wedding solemnised under strict security umbrella
By Chanchal Manohar Singh
Chandigarh, September 6: Even as the guns continued to boom across each others’ territories on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, a cementing of Indo-Pak ties took place in Panchkula near here today.
The occasion was the wedding of 27-year old Pakistani Samiya Saddiq, daughter of Saazia Saddiq (is widow of Mian Muhammand Siddiq), from Karachi, with 25-year-old Kanav Partap Hoon, grandson of highly decorated Lt Gen (retd) Prem Nath Hoon.
Gen Hoon is the recipient of the PVSM, AVSM, and SM. He was also Commander-in-Chief of India’s Western Command that has been in the forefront of all the wars against Pakistan.
The marriage ceremony was kept completely secret by the families.
Both Samiya and Kanav lives in London. While Kanav has business interests in London, Samiya too runs business establishments in London and Dubai. It was Kasav who had proposed.
The Hoons are a Kashmiri Brahmin family migrated from Abbattobad and are now settled in Panchkula. Kanav’s father, Romi Hoon, runs an automobile business selling Skoda cars and Honda motorcycles in Chandigarh.
The wedding was attended by 35 resplendently dressed guests, mostly relatives and friends of the bride, who had arrived from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagha border. Samiya looked gorgeous in her wedding dress.
Among the prominent dignitaries from Pakistan included Aliya Ahmed, wife of Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif. Mian Shabaz is brother of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.Young Khadijah Shehbaz Sharif, is another member of the Sharif’s family who also attended the marriage.
For security reasons, Mrs Shahbaz and her daughter did not came out of the hotel along with the other Pakistani guests to see off the couple.
Photographers were not allowed to go near the newly-weds or the Pakistani guests.
Among the invitees included Indian Army officers, bureaucrats, police officers and politicians. Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala paid a visit to the couple for a few minutes.
From the Ball Room, the bride was brought up to the gate of the hotel in a Palki specially designed for the occasion. The bride’s cousin, Ayaz Ali, and others dressed in blue salwar kameez suits carried the palki to the exit gate of the hotel. While one Dholi was present, beating the drum to the tip-toeing beats of the bhangra, no one danced. The Pakistani guests bade farewell to Samiya with only tears in their eyes.
As soon as Samiya stepped out of the palki, she was hustled immediately into a car by security personnel that sped away to an undisclosed venue, leaving behind her maasi who was supposed to accompany her.