The valima ceremony of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s grandson Junaid Safdar and granddaughter-in-law Ayesha Saif-ur-Rehman will be held in Lahore on December 17. Junaid Safdar is the son of PML-N vice-President Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar.
Junaid and Ayesha tied the knot in a private ceremony held in London in August which the former’s mother, Maryam Nawaz, couldn’t attend since her name is on the Exit Control List (ECL) owing to multiple cases of graft and money laundering against her. According to the sources the ceremony is expected to be attended by close friends and members of the Sharif family. Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is also in London, are expected to attend the event via video link.
The Sharif family has planned to turn the wedding into a political meeting, Channel 24 reported. The report further said former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) president Maulana Fazl ur-Rehman are also invited.