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Wish to return to India: Indian woman reiterates her plea to Islamabad HC

Published May 20, 2017, 12:09 pm IST
Updated May 20, 2017, 12:09 pm IST
Islamabad High Court - Pakistan. (Photo: AFP)
 Islamabad High Court - Pakistan. (Photo: AFP)

Islamabad: An Indian woman, who has sought refuge at the Indian mission on Friday submitted a six-page reply in the Islamabad High Court and reiterated her plea to return to India.

20-year-old Uzma, an Indian national who had travelled to Pakistan earlier this month, in the written plea said her Pakistani husband Tahir Ali "forced" her to marry him at gun point and also harassed her.

Uzma maintained her earlier statement in the court that she was "forced to marry" her Pakistani husband Tahir Ali on gunpoint. "Threatened to kill, harassed and badly humiliated," the Dawn reported, quoting the written reply.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) continued hearing the case of Uzma, who was reported to have gone "missing" at the Indian High Commission, a few days after her marriage to Ali, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the report said.

It emerged later that she had sought refuge in the Indian High Commission, requesting that she be repatriated back to India. First Secretary at the Indian High Commission Piyush Singh was present at the IHC. Their lawyer Shahnawaz Noon submitted a written reply to the court that detailed Uzma's version of events.

Uzma's lawyer aims to get permission from Islamabad to allow her to go back to India. Uzma's visa is said to expire on May 30. Last week, she had asked the court to help her get the immigration sheet from Pakistan to travel back to India and also waive police reporting. She also made Foreign Office a party in her plea.

The court has already asked Foreign Office to come up with reply on May 22. Ali also petitioned the court last week asking to let him meet Uzma in free environment.

He has also rejected all allegations regarding forced marriage and committing violence. On Monday the court clubbed the petitions of Ali and Uzma to hear the case together.

Earlier, Pakistan's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said Uzma would be repatriated once her legal issues are sorted out.



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