Woman seeks CJP, army chief help for children’s recovery from husband

LAHORE: A woman has appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan and the army chief to help her in recovering her two children from her husband who fraudulently took them abroad.

Iqra Muzaffar, now a resident of Shalimar Town, Lahore, said she had to knock the door of the CJP and the army chief after police, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistani Embassy in Malaysia, failed to help her in getting back her children.

Sharing her plight with Dawn, Iqra said her husband Tahir Hussain, a resident of Sahiwal, had married twice before proposing her. She added that he left his two wives allegedly for being infertile.

She said that after marriage, Tahir took her to Malaysia where she gave birth to two sons -- Daryab (2) and six-month-old Dawood.

She said Tahir brought her back to Pakistan in September last year.

On their return to the country, she said, they stayed in a hotel in Lahore’s Gulberg area, along with their children.

Iqra alleged that at the hotel her husband gave her sleeping pills and before she woke up, he fled abroad with their two minor children.

She said that on detailed inquiry, she came to know that Tahir had already prepared travel documents and that he had flown to Malaysia along with the children.

She said that she lodged a case against her husband with Ghalib Market police.

She said the CCTV footage obtained by the police from the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, confirmed that Tahir and his sister Sajida Perveen took her children abroad.

She said she immediately contacted the FIA authorities, providing them details of the case and the CCTV footage but to no avail.

She said that she later traveled to Malaysia and took up her case with the Pakistani Embassy there but the officials concerned refused to help her, saying since children were citizens of the country (Malaysia), they were unable to help her.

“In utter disappointment, I went to the house of my husband in Malaysia but he refused to see me. I spent three days and nights on the footpath outside his house”, Iqra said, adding that Tahir even denied her access to her children. She appealed to the CJP and the chief of army staff to take notice of her plight and help her in getting back her children.

Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2018