Ab­dul­lah’s fa­ther seeks son’s cus­tody

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI—Fa­ther of Ab­dul­lah, the kid at the Edhi foun­da­tion on Mon­day filed a plea in District Mag­is­trate South’s court seek­ing cus­tody of the mi­nor. The child did not rec­og­nize his fa­ther, Iqbal Chaudhry, and step­brother in a meet­ing at the Edhi cen­tre on Sun­day. The two-year-old saw his fa­ther who lives in Khanewal af­ter six months. While con­vers­ing with the me­dia, 69-year-old Iqbal and his son hinted le­gal ac­tion against the wel­fare foun­da­tion if the child was not handed over to them.

How­ever, Ab­dul­lah’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother and aunt op­posed the idea of hand­ing over the child to his fa­ther cit­ing threat to his life. Bilquis Edhi, wife of foun­da­tion’s founder stated that the young Ab­dul­lah’s life may be in dan­ger if he is handed over to his fa­ther.

How­ever, the fa­ther has given con­tra­dic­tory state­ment over di­vorc­ing Ab­dul­lah a mother, Haleema. He said that he di­vorced Haleema for du­bi­ous moral char­ac­ter. Iqbal also told that he did not come to Karachi ear­lier be­cause he was not well. On the other hand, no progress has been made in Ab­dul­lah’s mother, Haleema’s mur­der case as po­lice could not find the sus­pected mur­derer Rizwan.—INP

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