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Wasim Akram to Shoaib Malik: 5 Pakistani cricketers who fell in love with Indian women

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Idia and Pakistan, the two countries, which got divided by people, but always got united by love. It’s been 75 years of partition, and both countries have seen an equal amount of violence, hate and love.

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Over the years, we have witnessed a lot of Indo-Pak love stories. While some couples part ways, some stick together till the very end. And they have reinstated our faith in love.

Since 1947, we have seen a mixed relationship between India and Pakistan. While there have been a lot of ups and downs, whenever, there is an India-Pakistan match, people from both countries wrap their work and sit in front of their television screens to witness it. Apart from some intense Indo-Pak matches in the past year, we have also seen some extraordinary love stories being brewed between Indian actresses and Pakistani cricketers. Let’s take a look at it!

Imran Khan and Zeenat Aman

Imran Khan was known as the hot-headed captain of the Pakistani cricket team. However, he was head-over-heels in love with Indian actress, Zeenat Aman. The two immensely good-looking celebrities had left everyone in awe with their romance in the late 1970s. The rumours were rife that Imran had fallen in love with the Bollywood beauty when he came for a match. It was also said that they would soon get married, but they parted ways.

Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy

Another Pakistani cricketer, Mohsin Khan had fallen madly in love with Indian actress, Reena Roy. After dating for a while, in 1983, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan. Reena was at the peak of her career when she married Mohsin. The two also have a lovely daughter but unfortunately, their marriage did not last long, and they parted ways. In a media interaction, Reena talked about Mohsin and had said:

“I have nothing against Mohsin. He is a wonderful person. After me, he married twice. His third wife takes good care of him. He is in touch with Sanam every day and she loves him.”

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Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza

Not all Indo-Pak love stories ended with a breakup. Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis sensation, Sania Mirza proved that all you need is love to make a relationship last. The duo had said ‘qubool hai’ on April 12, 2010, in Hyderabad, India. The couple embraced parenthood with the arrival of their son, Izhaan Mirza Malik on October 31, 2018. However, after twelve years of being together, their marriage hit a rough patch. Rumours were rife that the estranged couple was living away from each other. It is also reported that Shoaib cheated on Sania. A source close to the couple revealed that they have also filed for a divorce.

Shoaib Akhtar and Sonali Bendre

Another Pakistani cricketer, who couldn’t resist the Indian beauty was Shoaib Akhtar. The cricketer was madly in love with Bollywood actress, Sonali Bendre. In one of his interviews, Shoaib revealed he had a huge crush on Sonali. In fact, Shoaib had also shared that he would do anything to make Sonali accept his proposal. He had also quipped that if Sonali disapproved, he would kidnap her. However, in late years, Shoaib denied being in love with Sonali Bendre.

Waseem Akram and Sushmita Sen

Pakistani cricketer, Waseem Akram also couldn’t resist from falling in love with Indian beauty. He was in love with Bollywood actress, Sushmita Sen. The duo had met on the sets of the show, Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, in 2008. Back then, Waseem was married to his first wife, Huma. However, when she left for the heavenly abode in 2009, the duo came closer. Soon, rumours were rife that Sushmita and Waseem were planning to get married. After which, Sushmita issued a public statement. Her statement could be read as:

“Hi guys! Been reading about my upcoming wedding with Wasim…ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!! Goes to show just how irresponsible media can be sometimes. Asim Akram is a friend and will always be one!! He has a wonderful lady in his life. Rumours like these are uncalled for n disrespectful! My beautiful people..when I find ‘THE ONE’…you’ll be the first to know the benefits of being my Twitter family! Love u all so much!”

Well, these Indo-Pak love stories prove that we might be divided by the line of control, but we can always find our way back to each other, and love will always be the key!

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44 killed, 157 injured in blast at Peshawar Police Lines mosque

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A blast inside a mosque shook Peshawar’s Police Lines area on Monday, with officials saying that at least 44 people were killed and 157 were injured Dawn.com reported.

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Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) spokesperson Mohammad Asim confirmed the number of casualties to Dawn.com.

Peshawar Commissioner Riaz Mehsood said a rescue operation was under way inside the mosque as a number of people were buried under the rubble.

“An emergency has been imposed at hospitals across the city and injured persons are being provided the best medical facilities,” the senior official said.

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The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the blast.

Speaking to the media, Peshawar Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Ijaz Khan said that the roof of the mosque collapsed after the blast. “A number of jawans are still stuck under the rubble and rescuers are trying to pull them out.”

He said the main hall of the mosque — which had a capacity of 250 to 300 people — had collapsed but the rest of the building was still intact.

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In response to a question about the nature of the blast, the official said: “The smell of explosives has been detected but it is too early to say anything substantial.”

Khan said between 300 to 400 police personnel were present in the area at the time of the blast. “It is apparent that a security lapse occurred,” the CCPO told the media.

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He added that the bodies and injured persons had been moved to the LRH.

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17 killed, 83 injured in blast at Peshawar Police Lines mosque

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At least 17 people were killed and 83 injured in a blast at a mosque in Peshawar’s Police Lines area on Monday afternoon, Dawn.com reported.

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Mohammad Asim, a spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital (LRC), confirmed the casualties, adding that some of the injured persons were in critical condition.

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Meanwhile, police official Sikandar Khan told Reuters that a portion of the building had collapsed and several people were believed to be under it.

So far, it is unclear whether a bomb was planted in the mosque or if it was a suicide attack.

On the other hand, the police have closed roads leading to the Red Zone.

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In a tweet after the blast was reported, PTI Chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the “terrorist suicide attack” in Peshawar and expressed sympathies with the families of the victims.

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Twitter Blue for Android now costs $11 per month

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Elon Musk-owned Twitter has increased the price of its Blue service for Android users, with individuals now having to pay $11 a month.

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Twitter Blue plan starts at $8/month or $84/year in available countries to get the blue checkmark in addition to early access to features.

“All Twitter Blue features will be available immediately except the blue checkmark, which may take time to appear to ensure review of subscribed accounts meets all requirements,” according to the company’s Help Centre page.

With Blue checkmarks, Twitter Blue features offer subscribers a way to enhance and customise their Twitter experience which include custom app icons, custom navigation, top articles, undo tweet, longer video upload, and more.

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The Twitter Blue plan is currently available on the web, iOS, or Android only in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the UK.

The company says that “it reserves the right without notice to remove your blue checkmark at any time in its sole discretion without offering you a refund, including if you violate our Terms of Service or if your account is suspended”.

The micro-blogging platform further mentioned that it is also piloting a new service called Twitter Verification for Organisations, which is a service for business entities on Twitter that adds a gold checkmark to official business accounts.

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