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Woman sent to Darul Aman: Court orders protection for freewill marriage couple

KARACHI: A court of judicial magistrate on Thursday sent a woman to Darul Aman and ordered that her husband be also provided protection whenever he approached the court.

Asma Rind, a resident of Shaheed Benazirabad, and her husband Mohammad Aslam were ordered to be killed after being declared karo-kari by a jirga, she earlier told the court.

According to her, she had contracted marriage with Aslam after executing a free-will certificate before a first-class magistrate on July 19 but they had to move to Karachi for their protection as the jirga of the Rind tribe declared them karo-kari.

She informed the court that she along with her husband approached the women police station for protection, but they did not allow him to stay there and he went underground as his life was threatened. The woman requested the court to provide them protection as their lives were in danger.

The judicial magistrate (east) sent her to Darul Aman and said that protection be provided to her husband whenever he approached the court.

Notice issued

An anti-terrorism court issued a show-cause notice to the Ferozabad SHO and ordered an assistant sub-inspector of police to take off his shoulder badges for defying its directives in a kidnap for ransom case.

On a previous hearing, the court had issued an arrest warrant for ASI Israr, who had witnessed the memo of arrest in the kidnap for ransom case, after he failed to turn up despite repeated reminders and directed the SHO to arrest the witness and produce him in court.

When the case came up for hearing before Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso of the ATC-I on Thursday, the ASI appeared before the court and the judge came down on him for repeatedly ignoring the court orders.The ASI was taken into custody and relieved of his shoulder badges (pips) on a court order and the judge was about to send him to prison when public prosecutor Abdul Maroof came to the rescue of the policeman and requested the court to forgive him and grant him a last chance. The ASI also submitted an apology and assured the court not to repeat this mistake in future.

Meanwhile, the court issued a show-cause notice to the Ferozabad SHO for Aug 1 for not complying with its order. The court had directed the SHO to arrest the witness and produce him before it in handcuffs. But he neither appeared in court nor produced the ASI in custody.

The kidnap for ransom case was registered at the Khokhrapar police station in 2011. Shakeel Ahmed has been charged with allegedly abducting Abdul Basit and demanding ransom for his release.