Dr Zayed Qureshi, the father of the ex-wife of BCN officer Sameer Wankhede, Dr Shabana Qureshi, claimed that he is a practicing Muslim who follows all the rituals.
âMy daughter was married into a Muslim family. It was an arranged marriage. We were in talks for three years. Since then, I have known Dawood Wankhede and his wife, who were also practicing Muslims, âsaid Dr Zayed Qureshi.
He added: âWe married our daughter into a Muslim family. We would not have married our daughter in a Hindu family. After 3 years of discussions, we made the engagement according to Muslim rituals and the wedding took place 10 months after the engagement.
“Dawood Wankhede signed on the nikahnama and it was written in Urdu as well as English. Everyone knows the family as Muslims, âhe said.
Sameer Wankhede’s ex-father-in-law added that Sameer’s mother was a staunch Muslim who performed all religious rituals.
âSameer Wankhede follows all Muslim rituals and offers namaz, even fasting during Ramzan. Ms Wankhede was a pious woman, things changed after her death, âhe said and added that he would not comment on his daughter’s separation.
Previously, the Qazi who had directed the first Sameer Wankhede’s marriage in 2006 claimed that the officer belonged to a Muslim family, otherwise “nikah” would not have been celebrated according to Islam.
Qazi’s claim came at a time when Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik accused Wankhede was born a Muslim, but forged documents, including a caste certificate, to show he fell into the category Hindu SC to get a quota job after passing the UPSC exam.
Sameer Wankhede then released a statement saying that his mother was Muslim, but that his father was Hindu and that he came from a “multicultural” family.
Meanwhile, Sameer Wankhede’s wife, Kranti Redkar, said her husband was born Hindu and never changed his religion.
Redkar also took issue with the assertion made by the Qazi, who celebrated Wankhede’s first marriage in 2006, that he was a Muslim during the ânikahâ era.