Pak court says woman cannot marry death row convict

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday reversed its decision allowing a woman to marry a man currently on death row in a prison in this eastern city, saying she had concealed several crucial facts when she approached the court.

Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry Lahore High Court issued a notice to Laiba Saher alias Sidra Kanwal, asking her to explain why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against her for concealing facts from the court.

Acting on a petition filed by Saher, the judge had last month directed authorities to allow her to marry Muhammad Attique-ur-Rehman, who is on death row in Kot Lakhpat jail.

The judge subsequently told authorities to put off the marriage after Saher's father filed a review petition.

During today's proceedings, the judge also ordered authorities to lodge Saher in Daar-ul-Aaman, a home for women.

The judge gave the orders in response to the review petition filed by Saher's father, Muhammad Sarwar.

Sarwar said in his petition that Saher was already married to another man named Nadeem Ahmad.

He said that she was kidnapped and an FIR was registered in this regard at a police station in Sialkot district last year.

He said Saher was being illegally confined by Attique-ur-Rehman's parents, who were exercising undue influence on her and misguiding her to commit fraud.

Saher appeared in court with her counsel, who submitted a certified copy of a judgement for dissolving her marriage with Nadeem Ahmad.

The counsel further said that the case related to Saher's abduction had been withdrawn on the basis of a statement made by her.

The court observed that Saher had given a false name in her writ petition seeking permission to marry Attique-ur-Rehman and deliberately concealed facts regarding her marriage with Nadeem Ahmad as well as its dissolution.