Junaid Safdar, Ayesha Saif
tie knot in London

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LONDON: Junaid Safdar, the son of PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (r) Safdar Awan, tied the knot with Ayesha Saif Khan in London on Sunday. Maryam and Captain Safdar did not attend the wedding. She had earlier announced that she would not request the government to allow her to travel to London for the ceremony. She posted pictures from the nikah on Twitter instead and captioned them “May God keep you safe and happy”.

Bride Ayesha Saif and bridegroom Junaid Safdar

The wedding took place at The Lanesborough, an elegant 5-star hotel in Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge.  Ishaq Dar, former finance minister, and former premier Nawaz Sharif attended the ceremony. They sat right beside Junaid when he signed the nikkah papers. Junaid’s parents Maryam and Captain Safdar, however, could not attend the wedding. She had earlier announced that she would not request the government to allow her to travel to London for the ceremony.

Bride Ayesha Saif and bridegroom Junaid Safdar

The PML-N Vice-President posted pictures from the nikkah ceremony on Twitter instead and captioned them, “May God keep you safe and happy”. During the wedding, Maryam and Safdar, both of whom live in Lahore, were on a video call with their son.

Bride Ayesha Saif and bridegroom Junaid Safdar

As of yet, it is not known where Junaid’s tuxedo came from, but the bride’s lehenga was made by Sabyasachi, an Indian designer. In addition, not much is known about the bride yet, but her father is Saifur Rahman Khan, one of Nawaz Sharif’s closest confidantes. He was appointed chairman of Ehtesab Bureau during Sharif’s second term as prime minister in 1997.

Ishaq Dar and Junaid Safdar

Ali Dar, son of Ishaq Dar and uncle to Junaid, posted a congratulatory message on Twitter. “Here’s to an eternally blissful life ahead,” he captioned a picture of him and Junaid at the wedding.

(From left) Hassan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar, Mian M. Nawaz Sharif, Junaid Safdar and Saifur Rehman

A source earlier revealed that the former premier had been spending a lot of time in his Park Lane flat in the UK. While also dealing with party politics, the former premier had been focusing on family affairs as well. The first thing on his agenda was reportedly his grandson’s marriage.

Additionally, it was being said that Sharif arranged the marriage himself, as well as picking the girl for his grandson. Safdar has long remained the crush of many Pakistani girls, and it seems, he is finally off the market.

A protest broke out against Nawaz outside the wedding venue by a group of what appeared to be PTI supporters, with PML-N workers intervening to disperse the protestors. The small protest, however, did not dampen the festivities of the Nawaz family.