Dua Zahra tells mother she wants to come home


Dua Zahra (R) and Zaheer Ahmed (L) being shifted to SHC for the first time after being recovered. — Geo News screengrab
Dua Zahra (R) and Zaheer Ahmed (L) being shifted to SHC for the first time after being recovered. — Geo News screengrab

KARACHI: Dua Zahra — the teenager who had mysteriously gone missing from Karachi in April but later declared that she had run away from her home to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed — reportedly told her mother that she wants to come home in a meeting held on court orders.

On Monday, Dua had refused to meet her parents. It was the first time she was presented before the SHC after she was recovered by the Punjab police more than one-and-a-half months into her mysterious disappearance.

In a meeting held at a judge’s chamber, however, Dua said that she wants to come home, her mother said.

“My daughter said in the meeting that I want to go home. Dua said she will give her statement in court,” the mother said, adding that police did not present her daughter in court and took her to a shelter home.

During today’s hearing, the court reserved its verdict in the case.

The police presented Dua and her husband Zaheer before the court.

The SHC had ordered the authorities to conduct an ossification test to determine her age. She had claimed to be 18 years old — old enough to marry out of her own free will.

The ossification test report, however, suggested Dua’s is 16 or 17 years old. The report was also confirmed by a radiologist, Dr Saba Jamil. However, Dua’s father Mehdi Kazmi has expressed reservations over the medical report of his daughter and termed it “false”.

He challenged the report in court.

More to follow…



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