Bushra Mehsud is interviewing Hawa Bibi, a lady from South Waziristan

CJ Bushra Mehsud 

Before the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic in Pakistan, the wedding season was going on with full boom as people had booked banquet halls well ahead of the due dates. But the sudden lock down by the government and the subsequent closure of wedding halls left people with no option but to reschedule the receptions or hold the ceremonies simply.

“My dreams were shattered when the government shut down wedding halls in the country due to the fear of corona virus outbreak,” says Hawa Bibi, a native of South Waziristan, who currently lives in Dera Ismail Khan.

The eldest among her five siblings, Hawa’s marriage was scheduled for 20th March. Her fiancé had also arrived from Dubai. As soon as the number of corona patients increased in the country, the government clamped a lock down shuttering the wedding halls across the country.

“We couldn’t postpone the wedding as we had made all the preparations. My parents and the in-laws were very worried because the invitations were already dispatched and the guests were invited,” she recalls.

Hawa further says that all of her cousins and other family members had prepared special dresses for the Mehandi and other events. “It looks like it was a dream,” she adds.

Hawa Bibi’s nikah ceremony was held in a masjid with limited participation of her family members.

The sudden change in the schedule proved a cause of depression for the whole family of Hawa Bibi as they couldn’t materialize their dreams. Hawa says it was the first-ever wedding ceremony in her family and they had planned to celebrate and enjoy it to the maximum but the corona virus pandemic ruined all their plans.