Indian woman asks IHC for security on journey back home

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The petition, filed on Uzma's behalf by her counsel Malik Shah Nawaz Noon and Piyush Singh, first secretary (consular and visa) in the Indian high commission, also sought security for her return to India via the Wagah land border crossing.

An Indian woman who has taken refuge in the Indian High Commission here after arriving in Pakistan to marry, on Friday petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for duplicate travel documents and provision of security for her journey back to India. Later, the cellphone was returned to him and no charges were pressed against him.

Pakistani media reported that Singh was seen taking pictures, while he told court that he was texting and not using the camera of the phone.

First Secretary of Indian High Commission Piyush Singh had gone to Islamabad High court in context of Indian national Uzma's writ petition. "The problem is not related to her travel documents, but stems from legal issues", advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had said.

After a day's rest, Ahmed said, he went with Uzma to the district court in Daggar to get married, adding that Nikkah Registrar Hamayun Khan, who is also the nazim of the village, performed the nikkah.

He revealed that Uzma's brother later called her and spoke with the petitioner as well.

Uzma in her request claimed, "My five-year-old daughter Falak is ill, and I have to meet her".

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It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Uzma earlier this week alleged harassment and forced marriage against her Pakistani spouse.

Uzma's petition asked the court to restrain Ali from harassing her. Her claims were denied by Tahir.

It also sought an exemption on Uzma reporting to the police and requested her repatriation to India.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday assured that India is coordinating with the Pakistan Foreign Office for the safe return of an Indian woman Uzama, who alleged that she was sedated, tortured and forced to sign a nikah nama at gunpoint in Pakistan.

Uzma, from Delhi, met Tahir in Malaysia.

Declaring her husband and the Foreign Office as parties to the case, Uzma declared the diplomatic enclave in the Indian High Commission as her residence.