NEW DELHI: Sania Mirza on Thursday reacted strongly to Telangana BJP leader’s barb branding her ‘Pakistan’s daughter-in-law’ and said that she is ‘an India and will always remain an Indian.

“I am an Indian and will always remain an Indian,” the statement issued by her said.

The tennis star strongly condemned the statement of BJP Telangana leader branding her an outsider.

“I strongly condemn any attempts by any person to brand me an outsider. Hurts me that so much time is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed as brand ambassador of Telangana,” the statement added.

Earlier, Telangana BJP leader K Laxman flayed the TRS government’s decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state, terming her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a “non-local”, he told reporters here and sought to dub her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to that country’s cricketer Shoaib Malik.

The 27-year-old tennis player had never participated in agitation for a separate state of Telangana, said Laxman who is leader of BJP in Telangana legislative assembly… see more

source: times of india