Indian diplomat in Pak caught for taking photos inside court

13 May, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Indian woman Uzma

The mobile phone of the first secretary of India's high commission was seized on Friday by the staff of Islamabad High Court. When court officials brought the matter to the notice of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, he ordered the confiscation of the mobile phone and said the action amounted to a breach of the court's decorum.

The Pakistani husband of 20-year-old Uzma, who has alleged that she was forced to marry at gunpoint, has pleaded the High Court in Islamabad for a meeting with his wife to clear all "misunderstandings".

Uzma has been staying at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and has refused to leave its premises until she is allowed to return to India.

Uzma, on 8 May, had alleged that she was forced to marry Ali at gunpoint, adding that she was unaware that the latter was already married and a father of four children.

Talking to journalists, the petitioner said that his first wife was aware of his second marriage and Uzma also knew about his first marriage.

He said he has also urged the Islamabad High Court to pass an order barring Uzma from leaving Pakistan until legal issues are resolved.

It also sought an exemption to Uzma from reporting to police and requested her repatriation to her homeland.

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Ali said that he Uzma's husband and under the law he can meet her in a free atmosphere. Dawn quoted Uzma as saying in her petition.

India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay in New Delhi said Uzma was inside the High Commission, she was fine and happy. She has requested the foreign ministry to issue a duplicate immigration form.

On Wednesday, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said the Indian woman will be sent back as soon as the legal issues in the case are resolved.

In the petition, Ali said that he is a taxi driver in Malaysia.

All the process took place with the consent and willingness of Uzma, he said, adding that marriage documents were also signed by the couple and witnesses.

Calling her husband and the Foreign Office as parties to the case, Uzma declared the Indian High Commission in Islamabad's diplomatic enclave as her residence.

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