SHC grants Girl’s custody to parents

From Zeeshan Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday ordered to temporarily hand over the custody of the 14-year-old girl — who was reported missing from Karachi on April 16, 2022, but was recovered from Punjab later and declared that she had run away from her home to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed — to her parents.
Justice Iqbal Kalhoro of the SHC heard the case yesterday during which the minor girl was also presented before the court.
During the hearing, Justice Kalhoro asked the girl whether she wants to stay at the shelter home or with her parents. The 14-year-old replied to the judge that “she wants to go to her parents’ home and stay with them”.
The court then asked the parents — Mehdi Kazmi and Saima Kazmi — to submit a bond of Rs1 million. However, the permanent custody of the girl will be decided by the trial court.
The court also said that a child protection officer along with female police would visit the girl every week. It also said that the said officer would submit a report to the court after every meeting with the teenager. Justice Kalhoro also ordered that the girl would not be allowed to leave Pakistan until the case was decided.
Meanwhile, Zaheer’s lawyer argued that the petition was inadmissible. “The girl was kept in a shelter home on court orders. It is not a case of habeas corpus,” added the lawyer. He also said that Zaheer should be allowed to visit the girl.
The girl’s lawyer, Jibran Nasir, welcomed the decision and said that the child was finally going home after a seven-month-long battle.