Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Friday
lambasted tennis star Sania Mirza for deciding to marry
Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and said she is no longer an
The 84-year-old Sena supremo also said that had Sania
been truly Indian at heart she would not have chosen a
"Henceforth, Sania will not remain an Indian. Had her
heart been Indian, it wouldn`t have beaten for a Pakistani,"
Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece `Saamana`.
Thackeray further went ahead and asked Sania to marry an
Indian if she wishes to play for India.
"If she wished to play for India, she should have chosen
an Indian life partner," he added.
Thackeray`s comments came days after the Sena attacked
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on the omission
of Pakistani players from the third edition of Indian Premier
League (IPL) cricket tournament now underway.
23-year-old Sania, who is the most successful woman
tennis player from the sub-continent, has announced her
marriage to the 28-year-old former Pakistan skipper on April
15 in Hyderabad.
"More than victories on tennis court, Sania became
famous for her tight clothes, fashion and love affairs,"
"More than her play, people`s attention was on her
mannerisms," he claimed.
The Sena supremo alleged that "for Shoaib, India is an
enemy, not only in sports arena but also in the battlefield.
"We have heard that Shoaib has many affairs in India
and has promised many girls he will marry them," he said.
Thackeray also expressed surprise over the alacrity
with which Sania`s family members were granted Pakistani
"Getting a Pakistani visa is tough even for a singer
like Lata Mangeshkar," he said.