'I have witness to prove staying with Shoaib'

'I have witness to prove staying with Shoaib'

In this picture taken on March 30, 2005, Shoiab Malik looks on as Farisa Siddiqui — mother of Ayesha Siddiqui — gestures while addressing the media in Hyderabad. AFP

Ayesha Siddiqui, whose claim has raised a drama surrounding the much-anticipated wedding between Shoaib and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, told “Geo News” channel that two members of the staff of the Taj Residency, earlier known as Holiday Inn, had agreed to testify that they had served her and Shoaib during their stay in the hotel.

“If you are asking if we lived together — yes, we did stay together and it is unfortunate that we also have to prove this but we have witnesses,” Ayesha said.

Two members of the hotel staff who had provided her and Shoaib room service and served them breakfast had agreed to testify, Ayesha said.

She refused to name the two persons, saying their names were being kept secret as they may have to testify in court proceedings.

Ayesha said she had stayed with Shoaib in the hotel on two occasions, including once in 2004. She also said Shoaib would never “dare” to do anything against her till his father was alive. “Shoaib’s father was a very good human being and he would always back me when he was alive,” she said.

“After he died, things changed and Shoaib became very bitter. (Shoaib) used to say he didn’t know why he was stuck with me and he would complain about my looks and weight,” Ayesha said.

‘Wedding as scheduled’

Amid speculation that Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza’s wedding venue could be changed from here to Dubai following Siddiqui family’s threat for legal action, a friend of the Indian tennis star on Saturday said preparations for the April 15 marriage were on as per schedule.

“Shoaib came here last night. Khushi ka mahol hain Sania ke ghar pe. Preparations for the marriage are on as per schedule. There is no change (in wedding venue),” Anil Kumar Yadav, a friend of Sania, told reporters outside her residence here.

Anil is the son of Anjan Kumar Yadav, a Congress Member of Parliament from Secunderabd.

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