Javeria Khanum, a resident of Karachi, on Tuesday crossed over to India through the Wagah border to tie the knot with her Indian fiancé Sameer Khan, India Today reported.
The couple had to wait for five years to unite due to Covid-19 restrictions and subsequent visa issues.
Upon arrival, Khanum was welcomed by Khan and members of his family to the beats of ‘dhol’.
Khanum has been granted a visa for a limited time of 45 days after her two visa applications were rejected.
Sameer expressed gratitude to the Indian government when the couple interacted with the media at the airport upon the arrival of Javeria in India.
“I would like to thank the Indian government for their cooperation. Borders do not matter when the intentions are pure,” said Sameer.
The couple said that the marriage would be solemnised in January next year.
“I have been granted a 45-day visa. I am very happy to be here. Just on arrival, I am already getting so much love here. In the first week of January the marriage will be solemnised,” Khanum said.
An Indian journalist and a social worker assisted Javeria in procuring the visa to come to India.
According to Khanum, her family back home in Pakistan was happy for them. “I can’t believe I have got the visa after five years.”
Her fiancé Sameer Khan said he wanted to marry Khanum after seeing her photo on his mother’s phone.
“This started in May 2018. I had come home from Germany where I was studying. I saw her photo on my mother’s phone and expressed my interest. I told my mother that I want to get married to Javeria,” he said.