A Very Long Engagement

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 07/26/2006 12:00 am EDT

When Asif Iqbal's mother tells him it's time for him to get married and that she has found a bride for him in Pakistan, the19-year-old British-raised man doesn't waste any time. He obeys his mother's wishes and sets off for his homeland in mid-September, 2001. But what should have been a prompt wedding turns into a very long engagement .

If you are already a subscriber

Subscribe to Embassy

Subscribe to the print and electronic editions and get instant access to Embassy online.

Quick purchase

Purchase this week's edition of Embassy in electronic format (PDF) for $4.00

Sign up for a free trial

For access to the website.

This Week's Issue
policy briefings