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Court bars Frenchwoman from taking son abroad

LAHORE: A GUARDIAN court has restrained French national woman Peggy Collin from taking her son Omar Malik out of Pakistan.

The court passed this interim order on the plea of the child’s father, Ashfaq Malik. The court adjourned the case hearing till November 5.

The petitioner pleaded that he was the father of the boy and her mother was likely to take him out of Pakistan.

He stated that the child’s removal from Pakistan would cause him irreparable loss as he would not be able to meet his minor son for indefinite period.

The applicant pointed out that the Lahore High Court while handing over the child’s custody to her mother did not impose any restriction about guardianship of the child.

The LHC on October 26 had handed over nine-year old Omar Malik’s custody to his French national mother Peggy Collin.

At that time, petitioner’s counsel had also expressed his apprehensions about possible escape of Peggy from Pakistan along with the child, however, the judge had declined his plea, saying he could not pass such restraining order in a habeas corpus petition, filed by the child’s mother.

Married girl allowed to go with mother: The District and Sessions Court on Thursday allowed a married girl to go with her mother after getting her recovered from husband’s custody.

The recovery orders were issued by the district and sessions judge on a habeas corpus petition filed by detenue’s mother Hussain Bibi, alleging that her son-in-law Muhammad Ashfaq, a resident of Shadipur, had been keeping her daughter Shabnam forcibly for the last few days.

She further stated in her petition that her daughter was in trouble at her son-in-law’s house because he used to torture her on daily basis without any reason.

The court through notice directed Ashfaq to produce the girl in court. On Thursday’s hearing, Ashfaq produced the girl in court where she stated that she wanted to go with her mother and did not want to live with her husband. Later, the court, in the light of girl’s statement, allowed her to go with mother.
Source: The News
Date:10/30/2009