Karachi police recover Dua Zehra in Bahawalnagar raid
Dua’s husband was also taken into protective custody: Couple to be produced before court in Karachi tomorrow
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Police also arrested Dua Zehra’s husband and took the couple in their protective custody.
According to SSP Zubair Sheikh, the husband and wife were recovered from Chishtian in Bahawalnagar after conducting several raids.
Mr Sheikh informed that police launched raids in all provinces of Pakistan including Kashmir and collected data of hundreds of people and recovered the girl after short-listing these people.
While hearing the case on Friday, the Sindh High Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to trace the whereabouts of Dua Zehra, the girl from Karachi who had married the boy of her choice in Punjab.
The court also ordered the FIA to take measures to prevent the girl from going abroad, besides ordering the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to block the national identity cards (NICs) of all suspects in the case thus freezing their bank accounts.
The SHC directed the FIA Director General (DG) to conduct surveillance of the country’s borders.
On May 31, the Lahore High Court (LHC) too rejected the application filed by the mother and brother of the husband of Dua Zehra against police harassment and ordered the police to produce the girl in the court.
The judge inquired from the petitioner’s counsel as to why his clients did not produce the girl before the court. “Every time, police start inquiry in the case, you file a petition in the court. The truth of the matter is that you have made a mockery of the courts,” he remarked.
The judge replied that meant that he and his clients knew fully well where the girl was. “Why should we order the police to provide protection to the newlyweds?” he questioned.
The lawyer then changed his statement and said he had no idea where the girl was.
When the judge asked him to produce Dua in the court tomorrow (Wednesday, June 1, 2022), he replied that the girl did not want to go to Sindh because she feared for her life.
Dua’s father registered a case of the kidnapping of his daughter and also filed a petition in the court requesting it to void the Nikah of his daughter conducted on April 17 as his daughter was a minor, even below 14 years of age at the time of her marriage. He pleaded that underage marriage was a crime under the Child Marriage Act, 2013.
Reporter Saud Bin Murtaza