Recovery of two girls in jirga case ordered -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Recovery of two girls in jirga case ordered

KARACHI, Aug 4: The district and sessions judge, central, on Monday directed the police high-ups and home department to ensure recovery of two girls allegedly kidnapped by their uncle and submit a report till Aug 11.

The SHO of Gulberg police station, meanwhile, submitted a report in court stating that the orders regarding the girls’ recovery had been conveyed to the police high-ups and home department.

He stated that a five-member police team had been constituted. The team would leave for Mansehra in a couple of days, he added.

Earlier, Judge Soofia Latif summoned the station house officer for failing to act on the court orders about the girls’ recovery and directed him to implement the same and submit a report in this regard on Aug 4.

On July 22, the judge disposed of an application for the recovery of both girls, filed by the mother of 11-year-old Zainab and eight-year-old Sara, while directing the home department through the SHO to constitute a police team and dispatch it to Mansehra to recover the detained girls and asked the DPO Mansehra to cooperate and coordinate with the police team. The court also directed the police to recover the detained girls and arrest the kidnappers, and to submit a report in the court within 10 days.

However, the court’s order could not be implemented since the SHO had misinterpreted it.

The applicant, Yasmeen had stated in the application that her daughters were kidnapped by their uncle, Shah Tareen, following a jirga decision.

The application said that Shah Tareen got married to Jannat against her parents’ will in their native town in district Mansehra. To settle the dispute between the two families, a jirga asked Mr Tareen to hand over his nieces to the aggrieved party in compensation.

Subsequently, he allegedly kidnapped the two girls and handed them over to a jirga member, Sanober, in Karachi. The police had arrested Shah Tareen and Sanober. But the detained girls could not be recovered from their possession. They told the court that they did not kidnap the girls and they were in their native town.
Source: Dawn
Date:8/5/2008