Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik became a proud parent of a baby boy recently. However, according to Times Now, a report in the Pakistani media on Wednesday suggested that the child will not be granted Pakistani citizenship. Shoaib took to his Twitter account to announce the news. “Excited to announce: It’s a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik,”, he wrote.
Meanwhile, a report on urdu.dunyanews.tv has mentioned the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sources as saying that an Indian citizen cannot be granted a citizenship as per the passport and immigration laws of Pakistan. Notably, Pakistan has dual nationality arrangements with 19 countries and India is not one of them.
Sania Mirza has not given her Indian citizenship after marrying Shoaib Malik. Earlier Shoaib was asked about his child’s citizenship, “The nationality does not matter however it will neither be Indian nor Pakistani,” Malik had said to Pakistani reporters.
The couple have named their little bundle of joy Izhaan Mirza-Malik. In Urdu language, Izhaan means God’s gift.