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I Will Be An Indian Till I Die – says Saina Mirza

Sania Reacts To ‘Daughter-In-Law Of Pakistan’ Jibe

Hyderabad: India’s Tennis star Sania Mirza Thursday said she will “remain an Indian until the end”, after the BJP opposition leader in the newly formed state of Telengana called her ‘daughter-in-law of Pakistan’ in a reference to her husband who is former Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik. Telengana’s Chief Minister, Chandrasekhar, recently named her the state’s ambassador.

”I am married to Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life,” Sania said in a statement here.

She said she was hurt that prominent politicians and the media were wasting precious time “on a petty issue of my being appointed the brand ambassador of my state Telangana.

“I sincerely believe that this precious time should be spent on solving the more urgent issues of our state and the country.”

Mirza’s statement came a day after Telangana BJP leader K. Laxman accused the state government of picking Sania as its brand ambassador and giving her a grant of one crore rupees in a bid to appease Muslims.

Sania said she was born in Maharashtra and came to Hyderabad when she was three-weeks-old.

She said her forefathers had lived in Hyderabad for more than a century.

”My grandfather, Mohammed Zaffer Mirza, started his career as an engineer in Nizam’s Railways in Hyderabad in 1948 and died in his ancestral home in Hyderabad.

”My great grandfather, Mohd Ahmed Mirza, was also born and raised in Hyderabad. He was chief engineer, Water Works, Hyderabad, and was responsible for constructing the famous Gandipet dam. 

”My great, great grandfather, Aziz Mirza, was the home secretary under the Nizam in Hyderabad and worked tirelessly for relief works during the historic Musi river floods of 1908.

”So, my family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me an outsider,” she said.

The 27-year-old tennis player had never participated in agitation for a separate state of Telangana, said Laxman who is leader of BJP in Telangana legislative assembly.

Laxman accused the government of taking the step with an eye on the minority community votes in upcoming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Handing over a grant of Rs 1 crore on Wednesday, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appointed Sania as brand ambassador of Telangana and described her as a daughter of Hyderabad.

“Telangana is proud of Sania who is a true Hyderabadi. She’s now ranked number five in international tennis and we wish she becomes the number one,” the chief minister had said on the occasion.

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