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With a quick divorce, Shoaib Malik marriage to Sania Mirza back on track

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik divorced his first wife Ayesha Siddiqui Wednesday, clearing the way for his pending marriage to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Muslim leaders agreed to end Malik's telephone marriage to Siddiqui.

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Supporters of Ayesha Siddiqui, who married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik's in a so-called telephone marriage, shout slogans against Malik outside Siddiqui's residence in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday. Malik divorced Siddiqui Wednesday, clearing the way for his pending marriage to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

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Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik divorced his first wife Ayesha Siddiqui Wednesday, ending a storm of controversy surrounding his impending marriage with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Events of the past few days could have been taken straight from the plot of a Bollywood movie.

β€œThe divorce papers have been handed to the police. That was the one stumbling block and we wish him [Malik] well now,” Farooq Hasan, a Pakistani lawyer who says he was acting on behalf of Ms. Siddiqui.

Malik and Ms. Mirza are scheduled to wed on April 15.

The divorce is seen as a compromise worked out by Muslim community leaders in Hyderabad, India, the hometown of both Siddiqui and bride-to-be Mirza.

Under the settlement, Siddiqui will receive 15,000 rupees ($336), 5,000 rupees a month for the next three months as an ex-spousel maintenance fee in compliance with Islamic matrimonial law.

Malik had earlier argued that his 2002 marriage to Siddiqui was null and void because Siddiqui had sent him a fake photograph of herself prior to their telephone β€˜nikah’ - matrimonial contract.

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