Among the Indian guests which were invited by the Maharaja of Patiala and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to witness his swearing in ceremony in Chandigarh today was also a special guest from Pakistan.
Captain's close friend Aroosa Alam was among the guests who were to occupy the VVIP seats in advance. Accompanied by a woman who did not allow people to click selfies with the former journalist, Aroosa said she had especially come here to witness the swearing in ceremony of 'Maharaj Saahab'.
Aroosa, who arrived in Chandigarh on Sunday said there is need to ameliorate the relations between the India and Pakistan as people from both the sides want peace.
"Everybody wants peace and both the countries should strive to maintain the calm. Rather fighting in Siachin both the countries should focus on eradicating poverty and illiteracy besides improving the health amenities," Aroosa Alam said.
WHO IS AROOSA ALAM
This is Aroosa's second visit to the City Beautiful within a month this year. She was also here on February 21 to witness the launching of Captain's biography 'The People's Maharaja'.
Aroosa had met Captain Amarinder Singh in 2004 when he was in Pakistan. A former journalist, Aroosa is daughter of Akleen Akhtar (Rani General) a socialite who influenced Pakistan's polity in 1970s.
Eyebrows were raised on both the sides when Aroosa was linked to Captain Amarinder Singh way back in 2007. Both were seen together a number of times but Aroosa had clarified that bot were 'just friends'.
THE STORY OF AROOSA, AMARINDER'S FRIENDSHIP
Interestingly, Captain's biography 'The People's Maharaja' has a chapter on his relationship with Aroosa who had openly said that her friendship with Amarinder Singh was beautiful, will last long and she was proud of this relationship.
"My relationship is a sensitive issue even back home, I am a Muslim woman and you know how people back home think," Aroosa had said when she last visited Chandigarh in February.