Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari is engaged!
After much hoopla on social media with users falsely claiming Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari got engaged in secret, the day finally arrived and people at last got the much-anticipated first look at the groom and THE dress (which was not green as speculated).
The newly engaged shared a picture of her and her fiancé Mahmood Choudhry, with a portrait of her late mother former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in the background, on social media.
The ceremony took place at Bilawal House in Karachi, with Bakhtawar's father, former president Asif Ali Zardari, and her sister Aseefa in attendance.
Her brother PPP chairperson Bilawal, however, could only be virtually present as he tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
All the guests were asked to undergo a Covid-19 test beforehand and photography was not allowed.
After the engagement, the couple will also be hosting a mehndi, scheduled for January 27, 2021, at the same venue — and all attendees have been requested to email a scanned copy of their negative Covid-19 PCR test result 24 hours prior to the event.
'An emotional day'
The bride-to-be tweeted ahead of her engagement earlier on Friday.
"Very sentimental and emotional day. So grateful for everyone’s love and prayers. Especially our PPP family whom I know are eager to participate. InshAllah this is only the beginning - will be able to celebrate in a post Covid world. Please keep SMBB and our family in your prayers," she wrote.
Bakhtawar's beau is Mahmood Choudhry, "the son of Mohammad Younas and Begum Suraiya Choudhry who hail from the old town of Lahore, Pakistan. Mr Younas migrated to the United Arab Emirates in 1973 where through hard-work he established businesses in the construction and transport industry," the formal announcement read.
The party also revealed that Mahmood was the last born of 5 siblings and born in the city of Abu Dhabi on July 28, 1988 (which makes him 32 years old).
"He completed his primary schooling in Abu Dhabi and secondary schooling in the United Kingdom. Mahmood further went on to study law at the University of Durham."
Choudhry's country of residence will remain the UAE, where he runs businesses in construction, finance and tech, the party confirmed.