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While one sister is happy to get married to her first cousin whom she has known since childhood and has been engaged to for a year, the second sister is entering an arranged marriage.

'I don’t know much about my future husband,' she confesses to Hiba moments before her wedding ceremony. I’m seeing him today for the first time since our marriage was fixed a year ago.'Hiba is an inquisitive teen who is keen to get married but wants to find a 'good-looking' man who is 'trustworthy and open-minded'.

'I think after meeting all the people and all the places I have been, I decided not to marry my cousin, it wouldn’t be something I would be comfortable with.'The advantages don’t weigh up for me.

Especially because the person who is closest to me and I know has been in a cousin marriage is my mum and that didn't work out for her.'Although she isn't against cousin marriages, she advises those considering it to get tested so they can make a fully informed decision.

A growing tradition in British Pakistani culture - 55 per cent of youngsters are marrying their first cousins.

In Bradford, where Hiba comes from, that figure is 70 per cent.

Britain's first Asian peer Baroness Shreela Flather has made calls in the past for British Pakistani communities to ensure cousins have DNA tests before getting married.