HUBBALLI: This was one Indo-Pak alliance that ended on a joyous note. Daniel Devanur who married his distant relative Sylvia Noreen at a church in Lahore in 2016 couldn’t get her home to India due to some technical problems. After nearly a year and after many merry-go-rounds, both are now reunited in Delhi. The happy couple are expected to arrive here next week.
Devanur married Sylvia at Pentecostal Church in Yohana Colony in Lahore on June 26, 2016, and was unable to bring her to India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention and Dharwad MP Prahlad Joshi’s help ensured that their story had a happy ending. Sylvia reached New Delhi on April 19.
A joyous Devanur told Express that he never lost his heart and was confident that he would be able to bring his wife to his house.
“My wife is a distant relative. During the Partition of India and Pakistan, Silvia’s family shifted to Pakistan. We still have relatives in Pakistan, New Delhi and London. I am grateful to the Indian government, especially Sushma Swaraj and Prahlad Joshi, for their help. I am in Delhi and am celebrating the moment,” said Devanur.
Devanur had shared his marriage photographs and marriage certificate on social media sites. And he even requested Prahlad Joshi to help him out and the MP assured him of every possible help. Devanur had also tweeted to Sushma Swaraj,
“Respected mam nobody is attesting my Pakistani wife’s sponsorship certificate please help us, God bless you mam.” He said his wife needed a visitor’s visa to come to India and it required grade one officer’s signature on the papers.
But because of escalating tension between both the countries, no officer in Pakistan was willing to help him. “Hence, it took the ministry’s intervention to solve the issue.” MP Prahlad Joshi said, “I have spoken to Sushma Swaraj and MoS General V K Singh regarding the matter as it was a very sensitive issue. I am happy I was able to help him. I will meet the couple when they are here.”