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Shoaib Malik's brother-in-law arrives in India to help

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New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik's brother-in-law Imran Zafar, who arrived here on Tuesday to meet Indian lawyer, said he has come here to defend him (Shoaib).

"I am here to defend Shoaib," said Zafar, adding that Ayesha Siddiqui's wedding with Shoaib was not valid.

"Ayesha should come out in the open," said Zafar adding "I kept insisting on meeting her during my Hyderabad visit."

"When I met Ayesha Siddiqui, she identified herself as Maha," he said, adding that she met him under a false identity.

Zafar has reportedly arrived here to decide about the future course of action in the case in consultation with lawyer Ramesh Gupta.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Government has stepped in and is keeping a watchful eye on the Sania-Shoaib-Ayesha marriage controversy.

Pakistan has reportedly sent a diplomatic note to India, and requested for returning Malik's passport as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Central Crime Station team of the Hyderabad Police had reached Ayesha Siddiqui's residence in Hyderabad by Tuesday evening and is expected to question her with respect to her police statement.

On April 4, Ayesha had lodged a police complaint with the Hyderabad Police against Shoaib Malik under sections 498 A (harassment), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Siddiquis' claim that Malik married their daughter Ayesha in 2002, but has not divorced her till date.

The Hyderabad-based family had also produced photographs of Shoaib-Ayesha's marriage certificate that states that their marriage was solemnised on June 3, 2002.

Ayesha has alleged that she and Malik are already married, and, he is marrying ace tennis star Sania Mirza without her consent.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Police on Monday questioned Malik for over two hours at Sania's house.

Malik reportedly claimed his signature on the nikhanama was forged.

Earlier, acting on Mohammed Siddiqui's complaint, police asked Malik not to leave the city without their permission and also alerted immigration officials.

A police team had earlier questioned the Siddiqui family at their residence, following an allegation of forgery levelled by Malik. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 19:53 [IST]
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