Mohammed Azharuddin Among Muslim Leaders Who Brokered/Negotiated Shoaib-Ayesha Talaq (Divorce) Deal

Muslim leaders persuade Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik to divorce Ayesha Siddiqui to end the marriage controversy and ‘save the entire community’s image and reputation

WHO WERE THE NEGOTIATORS/BROKERS FOR THE DIVORCE (TALAQ): Some Islamic Religious Leaders, Cricketer-turned-MP Md Azharuddin, Andhra Pradesh Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmadullah, and state Congress secretary Abid Rasool Khan. Major Qadri, a community leader, announced the ‘amicable and respectful settlement’.

Members of the Islam community, swung into action to end the controversy over the marriage of Shoaib Malik with Ayesha Siddiqui, persuaded the Pak cricketer to give the Hyderabadi girl a talaq (divorce). They were forced to intervene following pressure from people in Pakistan, Dubai (where Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik plan to settle) and India who felt that the controversy was embarrassing the entire community.

Cricketer-turned-MP Md Azharuddin, Andhra Pradesh Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmadullah, and state Congress secretary Abid Rasool Khan took the initiative to end the controversy.

Major Qadri, a community leader, announced the ‘amicable and respectful settlement’ between Malik and Ayesha.

According to reports, one of those involved in the negotiations said, “Shoaib was reluctant to give a divorce. But, we convinced him that, according to the nikahnama, he had married a girl and he should divorce her.” As part of the deal, Shoaib will pay her Rs 15,000 over the next three months while Ayesha will withdraw the cases against him. Sources said there were some other conditions that the cricketer has agreed to. A group of five community elders took the responsibility of executing the deal.

The settlement paves the way for Shoaib’s wedding with Sania, scheduled for April 15.

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