19-year-old marries 70-year-old ‘baba’ in Pakistan; says personal dignity and honor are above age difference


NOVEMBER 16, 2022 AT 9:24

YouTuber Syed Basit Ali has earned quite a
following for himself on the digital platform bysharing the love stories of several unique couples in Pakistan. Most of his interviews are with couples with a vast age difference. He also likes talking to people from
different professions or walks of life that society thinks can never be together.

In August, he shared the story of an 18-year-old girl who married a 55-year-old man. The couple told Syed that a Bobby Doel song brought them close
Muskan, an 18-year-old girl married Farooq Ahmed, a 55-year-old man, after falling in love with him over their shared interest in music.

Just a few months before that, he shared the
unique love story of a 19-year-old girl and a
70-year-old ‘baba’, who fell in love after meeting each other during morning walks.

Liaquat Ali said he met his wife Shumaila during daily morning walks in Lahore. The love affair began when one-day Liaqat started humming a song while jogging behind Shumaila.
“One doesn’t see age in love. It just happens,” said Shumaila. When asked if her parents had any objection to their
marriage, the 19-year-old said: “My parents objected for a while but we were able to convince them.”

“People shouldn’t comment on people who marry with vast age differences. They should be respected for their decision. It’s their life, they can live it the way they want,” she added.

Liaquat said he is very young at heart despite being 70. “Age is not a factor when it comes to romance,” he said. The 70-year-old said he is so happy with his wife’s cooking that he has left eating in restaurants.

When Syed asked if people with vast age
differences should marry or not, Liaquat said:
“There is no question about someone being old or young. Anyone who is legally allowed to marry can marry.”

His wife said that personal dignity and honour should be considered before anything else in a marriage. “Instead of getting into a bad relationship, one should get married to a good person instead. One shouldn’t see the age difference and consider
personal dignity or honor above everything else,”she said.


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