Ali Khan Tareen speaks out about being a #GirlDad in Pakistan

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After the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the basketball player was remembered for his many, many contributions and achievements.

One of them was being a great father to his daughters.

The hashtag #GirlDad took off which spoke of the bond between a father and his daughter; how important it is to be close and also how beautiful the relationship is.

Co-owner of the Multan Sultans, Ali Khan Tareen also spoke about being a Girl Dad on BBC’s Insaf Abbas on Outside Source World Service Radio.

Tareen shared, “In Pakistan, especially in the villages, a very common blessing is: ‘May God give you seven sons’. But when my wife and I were expecting, I prayed every single day to have a daughter.”

“Some older family members would tell me I should pray for a son because I love sports, I can teach my son to play cricket and I can take him to games. I would say, ‘Why wouldn’t I teach my daughters cricket? Why wouldn’t I take them to games?’ Society had placed limits on what fathers and daughters should do, and I wasn’t going to have any of it.”

According to Tareen, “I can’t think of a more special relationship than father and daughter. Girl dads are the luckiest men in the world.”

Ain’t that the truth! We love a genuine loving relationship between a dad and his baby girl! Share your #GirlDad stories with us in the comments!

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