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- Monday, July 16, 2012 - From Print Edition


LONDON: The family of Faha Makhdum were not aware on Sunday that Pakistan Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi had sent divorce papers to his wife Faha Makhdum who currently visiting family in London.


Speaking to The News over telephone, Dr Akmal Makhdoom, Faha’s father, said: “This report has come as a news to us. We are not aware of any divorce proceedings.”


The family was surprised, he said, that such news were being put out when they had no idea and they would not like to become part of any media frenzy or wish to become fodder of the news.


It was reported on Sunday from sources close to Aisam’s family and friends that Aisam had sent divorce papers to Faha Makhdum in London after the couple failed to develop an understanding between them but Faha’s family refused to speculate on any aspect of the news story.


The couple tied the knot on December 17, 2011 in a grand wedding ceremony held at Garrison Golf Club, Lahore, which was attended by guests from all over the world, including many sports stars and celebrities.


On Sunday afternoon, a Facebook page purporting to be Faha’s official page posted on its status that the split rumours between the couple were true and that the denial issued by both sides were untrue.


But Dr Makhdoom told The News that there were more than 100 Facebook pages set up on Faha’s name and she had made many complaints to Facebook about it but no action had been taken. “We are aware that a Facebook page is spreading false news but it has nothing to do with Faha and she is upset that such news are being spread.”


Faha got her early education in UK and is a clinical psychotherapist by profession.


SANA adds: According to sources severe differences between Aisam and Faha were continued from past two months.


Faha Makhdum sent separation papers to Aisam-ul-Haq which was sent back after signing.


According to a private TV channel, Faha Makhdoom has confirmed the news of end of her social contract with Aisam. Presently Aisam is present in America and Faha is in London.


The decision to end the social contract between Aisam and Faha was taken in the meeting of elders of the couple.


Online adds: Faha Makhdum has said that there were lots of misunderstanding between Aisam and her and despite their efforts to live a happy life, they couldn’t develop understanding, hence decided to part ways.


In her messages on her official Facebook page which still has Aisam’s picture on it, Faha said she respects her in laws but they are wrong in saying that Aisam and I are happy.


“Aisam and I are not happy with each other and Aisam has signed divorce papers,” Faha wrote.


Faha has also blamed Aisam for not giving her proper time. “Aisam didn’t give me time at all, he wants divorce,” she said.


She also said that there were lots of misunderstanding between Aisam and her particularly last two months were really troublesome for both of them.


APP adds: The family of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi Sunday strongly rejected the news regarding divorce of Aisam and Faha.


The father of Tenis Star, while talking to state-run TV, termed the news regarding the divorce, being telecast by the electronic media, totally baseless.