Court adjourns hearing until June 15
Abdullah custody case
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