Wedding bells: Eman Suleman dons tradition, simplicity with style

Eman Suleman and husband Jamil Rizvi wear Zara Shahjahan ensembles during the mehndi day, Lahore, Jan. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maham Haseeb Bosan)
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Updated 13 January 2020

Wedding bells: Eman Suleman dons tradition, simplicity with style

  • Suleman is one of Pakistan’s most sought-after fashion models and a #MeToo activist
  • The ceremony was reminiscent of traditional Pakistani weddings

ISLAMABAD: Surrounded by friends and family, model and actor Eman Suleman tied the knot with Jamil Rizvi in a series of ceremonies in Lahore last weekend, which resembled a joyful and intimate journey back in time.
Suleman, who is starring in Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming film “Zindagi Tamasha,” is one of the in-demand faces in fashion, and one of the outspoken voices for the #MeToo movement in Pakistan.
Like her work and activism, Suleman’s choice of wedding wardrobe was greatly informed by her individuality, attracting much attention and comments.

Eman Suleman on her nikah day at her family home in Lahore, Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Kayhan Suleman)

She paired her ensembles with minimal, unfussy accessories and makeup, and took her guests to a simpler time in Pakistani weddings, when home was the venue, decor was celebratory, and outfits weighed less than 30 kilograms.
For the nikah ceremony, which took place at her home in Lahore, Suleman wore a rust orange look with ghota, folded gold fabric work, and no jewelry.

Eman Suleman and Jamil Rizvi on their walima day, Lahore, Jan. 12, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Zara Peerzada)

For her mehndi, a day-to-night event, she reached for classic touches in a white and gold Zara Shahjahan outfit – a Lahore-based designer known for her bridal collections borrowing from the past, which mirror Suleman’s own “less is more” aesthetic. 
Shahjahan was also the choice for the baraat – groom’s wedding procession – for which Suleman wore classic crimson, the signature bridal color of South Asia. She paired the look with simple earrings and traditional head jewelry, letting the outfit shine.

Eman Suleman and Jamil Rizvi pose on their baraat day, Lahore, Jan. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maham Haseeb Bosan)

The venue was also an ode to the past. The couple opted for a bright-red decor stage, reminiscent of traditional Pakistani weddings that took place at home. A sign with “Shahdi Mubarak” and “Happy Marriage” inscriptions added to its nostalgic ambiance.
On the last day, the walima – marriage banquet – Suleman went for an ethereal ivory look with mid-length sleeves and a sheer dupatta from The House of Kamiar Rokni. Adorned with colorful embroidery and golden jewelry the look was also evocative of bygone days.

Alice Wells in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace, regional security

Updated 19 January 2020

Alice Wells in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace, regional security

  • The US deputy secretary of state for South and Central Asia visited Sri Lanka and India prior to her arrival
  • On Friday, FM Qureshi reminded Washington of Pakistan's help in Afghan peace process and asked for help in FATF issue

ISLAMABAD: Alice G. Wells, chief US diplomat for South Asian affairs, arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a four-day visit centered on discussions regarding the peace process in Afghanistan, bilateral and regional issues, the US embassy in Islamabad said in a statement on Sunday.
Wells — US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs — was received at the airport by foreign office and US embassy officials. She has been on a tour of South Asia since Jan. 13 and has been to Sri Lanka and India prior to her arrival in Pakistan.
Wells’ visit to Islamabad comes immediately after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Qureshi concluded his trip to the US where he interacted with senior United Nations and American officials in New York and Washington. 
According to Amir Rana, director of prominent Islamabad-based think tank, Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, the Afghan peace deal will be top of Wells’ agenda during her Pakistan tour.
Pakistan’s role in recent developments in the Middle East has positioned it as “an effective backdoor communication channel between Iran and the United States,” he added. 
In a news briefing in Washington on Friday, Qureshi strongly urged the US to help get Pakistan off the grey-list of global anti-money laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a decisive meeting in Beijing next month. A downgrade from the grey-list could result in crippling economic sanctions.
During the briefing, Qureshi said Pakistan had fulfilled its commitments to the US on facilitating the Afghanistan peace process, brought the Taliban to the negotiating table and assisted in releasing western hostages from insurgents — and had met FATF’s demands. 
The foreign minister reminded Washington: “Pakistan fulfilled your expectations. Now, we too had some expectations, what have you done (for us)?”— hinting Pakistan expected the US would help Islamabad in turn.
The US has consistently enlisted Pakistan’s help in facilitating rocky US-Taliban negotiations, which are reported to be inching near a peace deal this month.
“This is a sequel to Foreign Minister Qureshi’s visit, to coordinate the expected peace deal signing with the Taliban and potential US troops’ pullout from Afghanistan,” leading security analyst, Imtiaz Gul, told Arab News. 
Political expert Taimur Shamil told Arab News: “FATF is a tool to politically pressure Pakistan to do America’s bidding in Afghanistan. It... will likely continue till the Afghan issue is resolved.” 
Wells is expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during her visit, as well as foreign minister Qureshi.
Her last visit to Pakistan was in August last year.