Shoaib demands Rs 35 mn for 'walima' coverage

Written by: Teronpi
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Lahore, Apr 26: The Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has hit another controversy again as he has reportedly demanded Rs 35 million for the coverage rights of the reception and 'walima' ceremony in his hometown Sialkot.

According to Dunya News channel report, the Pakistan cricketer had asked the private security guards to bar the media from both the ceremonies as none of TV news channels accepted his demand.

The channel said that they were able to obtain an invitation to the walima, which will be held at Lahore's Pearl Continental Hotel on Apr 27, after they coughed up Rs 10,000 (about $ 125) to the cricketer's relative.

Meanwhile, the administration of Pearl Continental Hotel has requested the journalist stay away from the hotel premises.

The hotel has been crowded by reporters ever since Shoaib and his wife tennis ace Sania Mirza arrived in the hotel two days back.

"The hotel administration took the step on behalf of Shoaib," journalist Hina Farooq claimed.

Earlier, Shoaib had requested the the government of Punjab province for a 'foolproof' security for themselves and their Indian guests.

Shoaib and his brother-in-law Imran Zafar held the media reponsible after his wife Sania and her mother Nasima Mirza were manhandled by the crowds.

Sania was reduced to tears after she and her mother were pushed and jostled by the crowd.

"Please spare us," was the request from both Shoaib and Zafar.

"For God's sake, leave us alone. You are trying to fix cameras in our rooms," an angry Zafar shouted at the media.

The couple and Sania parents relatives visited the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajvary Data Ganj Bakhsh and offered prayers before they left for Sialkot.

Sialkot district police chief Waqar Ahmed Chohan said that they would ensure the official order on serving only one dish at wedding receptions, is being followed.

"We will not allow even Shoaib to violate the ban," he said.

The one-dish rule for weddings and receptions were introduced by the Punjab government in 2009 as part of the austerity


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