New Delhi, July 12: Former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad today finally confirmed that his son Junaid will marry India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim's daughter Mahrukh on July 23 in Dubai.
Talking to a news channel, the former captain said, “The marriage will take place in Dubai on July 23 and I urge all to bless the children. I have nothing to hide and I will invite as many friends and well-wishers as possible.''
Dawood, mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, is India's most wanted man. He features in the United States' global terrorist list for funding Islamic militants and is also suspected to have links with al Qaeda.
Both Junaid and Mahrukh study in London where they have been courting each other for quite some time.
''As parent, you have to marry off your children some day and we are no exception. I have nothing to shield from the people. I'm happy that my son is marrying. Lot of people have congratulated US on the occasion and all the rituals would take place as is the
custom,'' he added.
Brushing aside claims that the marriage was advanced because of the growing pressure, Miandad said, ''We did not announce the date earlier. So the question of preponing simply does not arise.''
Asked to name people who are expected to attend the occasion, Miandad evaded a direct answer and said, ''all my friends and relatives will be invited. We will soon send in the invitations and you would know yourself who are coming to attend the marriage.''
Asked why he chose Dubai as the venue of wedding, Miandad shot back ''I was thinking of hosting it in moon but did not get a land there.''
''Actually Dubai is convenient place and hence we settled for that,'' he added.
The marriage will be followed by a grand reception on August 4 in Karachi, Miandad said.
''One should not make it a controversy and treat it as any other marriage,'' he added.