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Filmstar Nadeem, son directed to reply: SC takes up Indian woman’s dowry claim case

By Jamal Khurshid

Karachi: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) took up the case of an Indian national, Zara, who is seeking the recovery of her dowry articles and others valuables worth Rs17m from her ex-in laws.

Zara is the former daughter-in-law of film star Nadeem and was married to his son Farhan. She converted to Islam prior to marrying Farhan in Dubai a few years ago but was divorced by him last year. In her application, she submitted that her former husband and in-laws were not returning her dowry articles and valuables including a BMW vehicle that she brought in Pakistan.

In her application submitted to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Zara maintained that she approached the Prime Minister of Pakistan for resolving the issue. She said that Sadiq Sanjrani from the PM Secretariat intervened and negotiated with Farhan and Nadeem. Sanjrani informed her that Nadeem’s family is willing to pay Rs. 2.5 million or more to her while her BMW vehicle, that is lying at the Karachi Port, will get repatriated to a place where she wanted, under the condition of accepting Rs.2.5 million.

She alleged that she was harassed by the negotiating authorities to agree with the settlement with her ex-in laws. She further alleged that her ex-spouse’s friends also threatened her for life and under such circumstances she had no option but to accept the offer of Rs2.5 million as promised by Mr Sanjrani. However, she submitted that her in-laws again backed off from the agreement and were now forcing her to leave the country.

Zara, whose visa expires in April, submitted that she was facing hardship since the last 8 months and now was borrowing money from her friends from abroad. She also expressed fear of her life from her ex-in laws as they are an influential family and prayed the court to do justice with her.

The court directed the respondents to file a reply on the application and adjourned the hearing for March 25.

Missing person case: The SCP also directed the Sukkur police to ascertain the whereabouts of Akbar who is missing since November 17, 2010.

The court was hearing the petition of Jannat Bibi who sought recovery of her son Akbar. Sukkur police officials appeared before the court and informed that the petitioner’s son was an absconding co-accused who was wanted by the Sindh police in criminal cases.

The court observed that the police are bound to recover the petitioner’s son irrespective of his involvement in cases or not. The court directed the Sukkur police officials to recover the detainee and submit a report within seven days.
Source: The News
Date:3/20/2010