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Over 1200 guests are expected to attend the star sports couple Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza's 'walima' reception, which would be held at a five-star hotel in Lahore today on April 27. According to sources in Shoaib's family, seats for over 1200 guests have been reserved at the hotel for the function. According to hotel sources, guests would be served with only one dish during the function. ,"We have a booking (by Shoaib) for 500 guests on April 22.” Speaking about the Punjab government's order to serve only one dish at 'walima' ceremonies, Pearl Continental's public relations manager Alia Tariq said,"Though Shoaib and Sania's marriage is of VVIP nature, we will have to implement the government's order unless there is some other direction from the authorities.” The hotel management has asked the local police authorities to arrange for foolproof security during the high profile function reported. Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza have set their eyes on making money. The two, who got married earlier this month, want to cash in on their popularity in Pakistan and have reportedly demanded Rs30-50 million from media groups for exclusive rights to their walima (marriage banquet) reception in Sialkot and Lahore. Mirza and Malik have decided not to interact with Pakistani journalists till they sell the reception rights to the highest bidder. You may also want to see After the couple arrived at the Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore on Friday, Malik threatened to vacate the place if the management allowed any media personnel on the floor where Mirza and he were staying. Sources said the Malik-Mirza marriage is like a business contract as the couple has barred the media from all functions. Some said this was a ploy to capture the attention of advertising agencies in India and Pakistan and mint more money. Though the cricketer’s friends persuaded him to speak to the media, Malik’s mother-in-law, Nasima Mirza, was adamant on selling coverage rights of the reception at Sialkot, the walima in Lahore and other functions.
By: ARY News

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