SRINAGAR: The love story between the IAS officers Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan that started from the green lawns of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Missouri finally concluded with the two lovebirds finally taking marriage vows. The two decided to marry in a Pahalgam hotel.
Khan and Dabi passed the UPSC examination in 2015. Dabi topped the list and Khan played second fiddle at No 2. But soon, they fell in love. Their love story was splashed all across the newspaper front-pages and the social networking sites. Partly, it was because the ‘love jehad’ narrative was by being crafted by the right-wingers. The two were so keen to keep the people informed that they would update their pictures on their walls so frequently that the story graduated from the routine page 3 to the front pages.
Khan is a resident of south Kashmir village of Devipora in Mattan and Dabi is from Delhi. Khan is a Muslim and Dabi is a Dalit.
After they concluded their training and they announced their future plans of living life together, the two decided against serving either J&K or Delhi. Both of were given Rajasthan cadre.
The almost three year old love affair has finally reached its logical conclusion as the two IAS officers have finally settled in life. The marriage took place in Pahalgam and there were well wishers, families and relatives. After the marriage, Tina has driven to her Mattan home to a traditional Kashmir reception.