Police Submitted A New Challan in a Case Involving the Abduction
In a major development on Thursday, the police submitted a new challan in a case involving the abduction of Dua Zahra — who had mysteriously gone missing from the port city in April but later declared that she had run away to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed — to a judicial magistrate in Karachi East.
No Evidence Was Found That Zehra was Kidnapped
In the fresh challan, the police said no evidence was found that Zahra was kidnapped. As per the interrogations carried out, the Karachi girl went to Punjab of her will, where she tied the knot, it stated.
Zehra’s Marriage Contract Was Not Solemnized in Sindh
The Karachi police said that her marriage contract was not solemnized in Sindh. Section 216 of the Sindh Child Act doesn’t apply to the suspects in the case as they got married in Punjab.
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Ashar & Gulham Mustafa Found Innocent
The police said that the two arrested suspects, Ashar and Ghulam Mustafa, were found innocent and asked for the court’s orders to release them.
The police pleaded to declare the case as C-class.
Dua was recovered from Punjab’s Chishtian on June 5 and was produced before the High Court on June 6, read the police challan.
SHC Allowed Zehra Where She Wanted To Go
On June 8, the SHC allowed the teenager to decide where she wanted to go, with her husband or parents.
Justice Junaid Ghaffar, in a three-page written order, said the court reached the verdict in line with the testimonies. “In light of all the evidence, this is not a case of kidnapping as the alleged/minor Dua E Zahra Kazmi, pursuant to her statement on Oath and Age Certificate is set at liberty to decide as to whom she intends to reside and go along,” the order read.
The court also said that it has decided to dispose of Zahra’s father’s petition for her recovery as the case of his daughter wasn’t of kidnapping.