PESHAWAR: A family court in Peshawar has adjourned the case hearing of a runaway Afghan couple due to lack of record.
The case was adjourned by Family Court Judge Kiran Shaukat till September 22 after she was informed that case records sought from the Peshawar High Court (PHC) have not yet been received.
Earlier in May, an Afghan couple – Haiwad, 23, and Maryam, 22 – eloped and contracted marriage in Abbottabad. The case surfaced after the couple alleged received death threats for eloping against the will of Mariyam’s family. Meanwhile, an Afghan national, Abdul Rehman, 60, claimed that Maryam had been married to him since 2006 and they have two children, Saba and Husna.
PHC intervened and after holding three hearings it ordered a family court to take up the case.
On September 18, Rehman filed an application in the family court, requesting that his, Maryam’s and the two children’s DNA tests be conducted to prove his claims. However, the Afghan couple expressed reservations over conducting the DNA tests in Pakistan.
On the last hearing on September 19, five of the 14 witnesses that appeared before the court testified to Maryam’s first marriage to Rehman.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.
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