HC notice to Centre on plea seeking whereabouts of minor Pakistani girl
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir government and the city government on a Pakistani lawyer?s plea for custody of her minor niece, who was here from Pakistan, and whose whereabouts are not known since July 17 this year.
The girl had come to India with her mother, Shabnam Barkat, and while travelling to Srinagar from Delhi they had met with an accident in which the child and her mother had received severe injuries, the petition said.
The mother had succumbed to her injuries in the last week of June, it said.
The Lahore-based lawyer Shazia Naz, in her habeas corpus petition, is seeking custody of her four-year-old niece.
Justice Reva Khetrapal issued notices to the Ministries of External Affairs and Home Affairs, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir governments as well as the Commissioner of Delhi Police and the Foreigner Regional Registration Office here, seeking their replies by August 21, the next date of hearing.
Jammu and Kashmir government and Delhi Police were also directed to file their status reports regarding the whole incident before the next date.
Naz, in her plea, has claimed that she received calls on her Lahore number from two persons one of whom claimed to be a travel agent based in Delhi.
These numbers were provided to Delhi Police which said it will try to trace the persons who called from those numbers.
According to the petition, the two numbers belonged to Manzoor Ahmed Khankashi, who claimed to be a travel agent, and one Fahmida.
They had contacted the petitioner about the accident, which occurred on June 14 on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Awantipora in Anantnag district of South Kashmir, the petition has said.
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