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Jan262011

Pakistani Army Helps 45 Poor Couples Wed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) – Thanks to the Pakistani Army, 45 couples were married at a mass wedding in Islamabad despite that fact that their families have no money.

The ceremony, held in the Swat Valley, gave daughters from poor parents an opportunity to get married that they otherwise would not have had due to their family’s financial constraints.

"I have no words to express my joy," Mahboob Ali, one of the 45 bridegrooms, told the Express Tribune. "I was sad because I could not bear the expenses of a wedding ceremony as my financial status is very weak. But then the army selected me on merit and provided this opportunity which has gotten me very excited," Ali said.

The Labaik Foundation, an NGO that assisted in organizing the event, said that the militancy and floods have left many of the region’s poor without a source of income, let alone the finances to marry.

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