Rawalpindi – A citizen has approached court and filed a petition pleading the judge to issue directions to police and other authorities concerned to restrain his ex-wife and her Canadian national husband from trafficking his three minor sons out of Pakistan to convert them to another religion.
The court accepted the petition for hearing and ordered Rawalpindi police to produce the couple and the three minor sons, they added.
Following instructions of court, police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the Canadian national to recover the three sons of the petitioner, sources said.
According to sources, a Pakistani national Azhar Hameed Advocate filed a petition with Additional Session and District Judge (ADSJ) Ali Raza Awan through his counsel under section 491Cr.P.C (Habeas Corpus) making Muhammad Asad Ullah Khan, the Canadian national, and Kulsoom Kha as respondents.
Petitioner says his ex-wife and her Canadian national husband are attempting to convert his sons to another religion
The petitioner, in the petition, told court he is a lawyer by profession and got married with Kulsoom Khan on 14/8/2009. He stated that the couple had three sons. The petitioner argued that his wife Kulsoom Khan started demanding divorce from him to settle in Canada. He added that the marriage was dissolved in August 2020 through an agreement. “As per agreement, I paid the dower amount to Kulsoom Khan,” he mentioned. The petitioner further told that it was also decided through agreement that two elder sons Muhammad Haider Hameed and Muhammad Hamza Hameed would stay with him, whereas, the youngest son namely Muhammad Ahmed Hameed would be kept by his mother.
Azhar Hameed added his ex-wife shifted to the house of her sister along with their youngest son at Shamasabad and later contracted second marriage with Muhammad Asad Ullah Khan on January 11, 2021. After her marriage, he told court, a conflict started arising on meeting and custody all three minors who were in custody of the petitioner. Later, a jirga was held on February 8, 2021 in the house of petitioner between both parties with participation of elders of family. He said it was decided in the jirga that since the respondent number 2 got married, the custody of three minors would remain with father. He told court that the jirga decided that the minors may meet their mother anytime.
The petitioner told court the respondent number 1 started playing foul games and retained the children in the name of spending time/nights with them besides alluring them towards some other religion. He said the couple also changed the residence in March 2021 without bringing into his notice. He also said that Asad Ullah Khan wanted to traffic his sons to Canada to convert them to some other religion to gain financial benefits/Canadian visas and a lot of other monetary aids.
The petitioner Azhar Hameed Advocate requested the court to order police and other authorities concerned to restrain the couple from flying the children out of Pakistan and to produce them before the court. ADSJ Ali Raza Awan issued directions to police to trace out the couple and to produce the children before court on the next date of hearing.
A senior police officer, when contacted, said police are looking for the couple hiding somewhere in twin cities to recover the children. He said a request was also made to the Passports and Immigration Department and Federal Investigation Agency to put the names of the couple and children on a checklist at all the airports.