UK commends LHC’s Justice Alia Neelam for her verdict in love marriage case

By: News Desk
Published: 01:22 PM, 24 Sep, 2022
UK commends LHC’s Justice Alia Neelam for her verdict in love marriage case
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UK’s High Commission in Pakistan has written a letter to Justice Miss Alia Neelam of the Lahore High Court (LHC) in which High Commissioner (HC) Christian Turner has appreciated her decision in the case of love marriage of an underage British girl of Pakistani origin, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday. 

Aman Rafiq’s, the girl, mother had approached the LHC for the recovery of her child. 

The court allowed Aman to go with her parents but only when she consented to it.    

According to a copy of the letter which City 42 managed to obtain, the HC said that he had followed developments in the case. “The people and the government of UK are thankful to Justice Alia Neelam for giving decision in this sensitive case in a short span of time,” Turner wrote, adding, “We again thank you helping our citizen.”

Sources have told 24News that it is for the first time that the UK has praised the verdict given by a LHC judge. 

On the other hand quoting lawyers and members of the Civil Society, sources have said they have termed the letter of appreciation by the high commission a good omen for Pakistan’s judiciary.  

They have said the letter shows that the UK has trust in the country’s judicial system.  

Deputy Attorney General Asad Bajwa has said the letter is a proof that judiciary in Pakistan gives just decisions. “It has, in fact, raised the stature of our judiciary in the eyes of the world,” he commented. 

Pir Masood Chishti, Executive Committee Pakistan Bar chairman, has also termed the UK HC’s appreciation encouraging. 

Sardar Akbar Dogar, LHC Bar president, has opined that the acknowledgement of the verdict given by Justice Neelam is a slap on the face of those who keep finding faults with Pakistan’s judiciary. 

Pakistan Bar Council Vice-Chairman Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry and Chairman Executive Committee Masood Chishti have said that the British High Commission’s letter has certainly elevated Pakistani judicial system’s credibility at international level.

Reporter: Malik Ashraf