Indian tennis player and wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza on Thursday responded to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader’s objection over her appointment as brand ambassador of Indian state Telangana, stating that she is an Indian and will remain so.
The BJP had criticised Telangana for appointing Mirza as its brand ambassador, saying that she was a non-local and "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan.
1. I am married to Mr. Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life.— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 24, 2014
The ace tennis player took to Twitter to inform her fans about her stance on the issue. In a series of tweets, Mirza explained that her ancestors had been living in Hyderabad – capital of newly-carved Telangana state – for more than a century.
So, my family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me-— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 24, 2014
- an outsider.— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 24, 2014
I hope this clears all doubts and issues.