Friday, January 8, 2010

Love that crossed borders, cut short by tragedy -  MSN India

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    • Phagwara:
    • She is a Punjabi Brahmin girl from Phagwara, he was a Pakistani Muslim. They met in Dubai, fell in love and married. They then decided to get married according to Hindu rituals as well.

      On New Year's Day, he collapsed in the bathroom of her family home and died. The body was sent across the Wagah border Wednesday. She was denied a visa to travel to Pakistan. Had he been alive, their Hindu wedding would have been today.

    • Priyanka Sharma of Urban Estate, Phagwara and Muhammad Tariq Hussain of Baramwala village in district Ladhara, Pakistan, had spent the last days of 2009 distributing invitation cards to friends and relatives for the January 8 wedding. Sangeet was on January 6, and Jaago the day after. "Tariq was very excited," said Priyanka.

      "On the night of December 31, our entire family was celebrating. The next day was special not just because it was New Year's Day, but also because it was Tariq's birthday. But God didn't want us to be together."

    • Priyanka met Tariq in 2006. She was 21, had just quit her job as an airhostess, and joined a real estate company as a manager in Dubai.

      Tariq, who owned a seafood business, was a friend of her boss's, and a regular visitor at work.

      "When he learnt that I was a Hindu from India, he got very interested. We talked endlessly about India, and he said he wanted to visit my country," Priyanka said. Friendship soon blossomed into love, and they married in a Dubai court on April 14, 2009.

    • "I cannot believe this has happened to me. We were so happy together. When India played Pakistan, we would support each other's country. He gave up eating meat because I am vegetarian. He never asked me to convert to Islam, but I did so on my own about a year back," she said.

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