"we believe in bringing people together"
An Indian man who fell in love with a Pakistani woman on social media married her in a lavish ceremony in the Sindh city of Sukkur.
Mahendra Kumar, a resident of Mumbai, travelled to Pakistan to marry Karachi resident Sanjugata Kumari.
It is reported that they met on social media and became friends.
As they continued to speak, Mahendra began developing feelings for her.
He expressed his love and to his delight, Sanjugata reciprocated.
The long-distance couple later decided that they wanted to get married.
When they told their parents, they were happy and contacted each other on WhatsApp to finalise the wedding rituals.
To make their wedding even more special, the couple chose the slogan ‘Samaa’, which means ‘union’ or ‘together’.
Mahendra said: “We named our wedding slogan ‘Samaa’ as we believe in bringing people together, regardless of their religion, caste, or nationality.”
The Indian man travelled to Sukkur and his wedding took place at a local hall.
The wedding was attended by family members and friends. It was also attended by various community leaders, including a Sukkur Hindu Panchayat member.
It was a lavish ceremony, with the bride and groom dancing to traditional Sindhi songs.
In a few days, Sanjugata will leave Pakistan with her new husband for India after they have completed the legal formalities.
Aishwar Lal Makeja, a community leader who attended the wedding, said love has no borders and wished the couple a happy life.
While relationships between Indians and Pakistanis are fairly common, they do not always end well.
In one case, an Indian man was apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) after he tried to enter Pakistan to meet his girlfriend.
The young man was identified as Zeeshan Siddiqui, a resident of Osmanabad, Maharashtra. His girlfriend lived in Karachi.
Zeeshan had travelled 1,200 kilometres on his bike to the border. However, in the Rann of Kutch, his bike became stuck in the mud.
Undeterred, Zeeshan decided to carry on his journey on foot.
He reached the border but did not know which way to go afterwards.
Maharashtra Police informed Gujarat Police and they discovered Zeeshan’s abandoned bike, approximately 45 km from the border.
Officers decided to use a drone to search the entire area and they discovered the Indian man by the border.
They informed BSF officials and Zeeshan was apprehended. He told officers that he was trying to meet his girlfriend but got lost.