Sushma Swaraj enables Pak bride come to India for wedding
A month after worried Naresh Tewani of Jopdhpur approached External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter, seeking help to enable his fiancée Priya Bachchani to come to India from Karachi, Pakistan, his plea has finally been heard.
Delays by the Indian embassy in Pakistan in granting visas for the bride and family had cast a shadow over the marriage. Finally, with the date drawing near, the groom had tweeted a request to Swaraj to intervene and arrange visas for 35 members, including the bride, of the Pakistani family to attend the wedding. Sushma ensured that the visas were granted in time.
Jodhpuri Naresh was engaged to Priya of Karachi for the past three years and had scheduled their wedding in Jodhpur on November 7.
“We are thankful for the quick response of the minister. All the 35 members got their visas to come to Jodhpur, though, in two parts,” Naresh told TOI.
Priya and her family reached Jodhpur on Sunday and were engaged in ceremonies ahead of the wedding on Monday. “I am very happy that everything has gone on as planned and we are enjoying the ceremonies here,” said a beaming Priya.
We started preparations accordingly, right from arranging accommodation for them to sending invitation cards. But when there was a delay in obtaining visas, and we halted preparations and focused entirely on getting the same issued by the Indian embassy in Pakistan,” Naresh’s father said.
While some members of the bride’s family came through the Wagha border, others took the Thar Express.