Court ad­journs hear­ing un­til June 15

Ab­dul­lah cus­tody case

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—Coun­sel for the Edhi Foun­da­tion on Satur­day filed a re­ply in fam­ily court to the plea filed by Chaudhry Iqbal seek­ing cus­tody of boy Ab­dul­lah.

The hear­ing was ad­journed un­til June 15 while Ab­dul­lah will stay in Edhi’s cus­tody un­til fur­ther di­rec­tives.

Coun­sel for Faisal Edhi, son of Mr Edhi who owns the wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion main­tained in the court that it was yet to be proved whether Iqbal was Ab­dul­lah’s fa­ther. The coun­sel re­quested the court to or­der sub­mis­sion of mar­riage cer­tifi­cate and di­vorce pa­pers. He fur­ther urged the court to or­der DNA tests of both the al­leged fa­ther and son.

The court was also re­quested to in­quire Iqbal about ev­i­dence of send­ing part of liveli­hood to ex-wife Haleema dur­ing her stay in Karachi.

The court or­dered ma­ter­nal un­cle of the child to prove his re­la­tion in or­der for the case to pro­ceed. To which Ab­dul­lah’s un­cle urged the court to record his mother and his state­ments. The judge said that the court does not want to record state­ment of Ab­dul­lah’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother but con­duct iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

Iqbal’s coun­sel main­tained that in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer has his client’s and mur­dered Haleema’s iden­tity cards.

On the other hand, Rizwan’s wife who was copped soon af­ter he fled has pleaded in­no­cence in the court af­ter she went on to say that her hus­band was in con­tact with dif­fer­ent women. Her coun­sel re­quested the court to ac­quit her for she was not in­volved in the crime. The court how­ever, sum­moned po­lice file in the case for any de­ci­sion.—INP

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