Pakistani bride, Indian groom tie the knot after visa clearance


An Indian groom and Pakistani bride were finally able to happily tie the knot after the unnerving visa issue was resolved.

It all happened when the bride Priya Bachchani and her family got no response from the Indian High Commission after applying for the visa in August.

As the chances got bleak, the groom Naresh Tewani from Jodhpur in North India tagged India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter, seeking her urgent help in the matter.

In reply to the tweet, Sushma assured Naresh that all members of the bride’s family will get visas to attend the wedding.

As the matter was settled, the couple thanked the minister for her assistance.

Naresh Tewani and Priya Bachchani had been engaged for three years and get married on November 7.

“Love triumphs ultimately. Love prevails in both the countries and that’s why we are here,” the bride’s father, Giridharlal Bachchani told to BBC Urdu.

The groom’s father said he was relieved after facing “some nervous weeks due to visa delays”.

India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads since their independence from Britain in 1947 and have fought three wars, including two of the divided territory of Kashmir which both countries claim as their own in full.

Military and diplomatic tensions have soared since a recent raid on an Indian army base near the de facto border dividing Kashmir killed 19 soldiers, the worst such attack in more than a decade.