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PM Abbasi hosts ‘simple’ valima ceremony for son

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi hosted a simple ‘valima reception’ for his son at PM House on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The ceremony was in sharp contrast to the usual extravagant wedding affairs politicians in Pakistan organize for their children. The reception was simple and reportedly a private affair.

As reported on media, the guest list for the reception was limited, neither any government official nor any staff member of PM house was invited to the wedding reception of his son.

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The guests were served one dish in accordance the recently imposed restriction in the federal capital, Islamabad. The premier held the function in the lawn of the PM house due to security reasons.

It is unclear whether the money to organize the reception came from public funds or he bore the expenses from his pocket.

Abdullah Khaqan Abbasi, son of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, currently associated with Air Blue Airlines, tied knot with the daughter of Raja Nosherwan on Friday.

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The function was in contrast to the recently held wedding ceremonies of the sons of Pakistan People Party leader Khursheed Shah and Pakistan’s Tehreek-I-Insaf’s leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Khursheed Shah organized a fanciful ‘mehndi’ ceremony of his son last week at Shahrah-e- Faisal in Karachi. He entered riding an expansive motorbike with his son sitting at back to premises of ‘mehndi’ ceremony.

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He invited popular singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to grace the event that was attended by thousands of guests including senior government and party officials.

Similarly, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a political figure from Southern Punjab demolished the sightscreen of Bahauddin Zakariya University’s playground in Multan for the wedding reception of his son.

Former ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his premiership hosted a fanciful wedding ceremony of his granddaughter in 2015 in Lahore. He invited his counterpart from India Narendra Modi in the wedding that was widely criticized in the public.

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  1. I appreciate the article and Shahid Khaqan has upheld his duty as a role model to show the people that simplicity is graceful. One thing that should be corrected here is that although Narendra Modi did attend a wedding function of Nawaz Sharif’s grand daughter, he wasn’t really invited by Nawaz Sharif. It was rather his own decision to stop over in Lahore and Nawaz Sharif interrupted his own function to receive Modi, which he did only in the interest of improving Indo-Pak relations. It is bad manners to turn away a person from one’s doorstep and if NS did this in the hope that Indo-Pak relations improve, then it should be appreciated rather than portrayed as a selfish act.


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