LAHORE: The son-in-law of Prime Minister Gilani, who has sued for conjugal rights and the custody of his son, has now claimed that his ‘life and property’ may be under threat.
Khurram Khan, the son of late Javed Umar Khan, has authorised his advocate, Advocate Surriya Farzand Chaudhry, to take legal action against the Gilani family in the event that he comes to any harm.
The affidavit, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune reads, “My life and property are at stake. If something happens to me or my family, the Prime Minister and his children (Abdul Qadir Gilani, Moosa Gilani and Fizza Gilani) should be held responsible. I have been asked by the Gilani family to divorce Fizza and withdraw the law suits filed against them or prepare to face the consequences.”
Khurram married Fizza Batool in September of 1998. The couple have a child together, who was born on August 21, 2001. The son was named Muhammad Asfandyar Ali Khan. After a union of six years, he says, Fizza left him and moved in with her parents.
When reconciliation efforts failed, Khurram says he was forced to file two law suits, one for the restitution of conjugal rights and the second for the custody of Asfandyar. Both cases are pending with the family court in Lahore and Khurram has claimed that he is being pressurised by the Gilani family to divorce Fizza.
Khurram first filed the petition on May 17, 2009 ‘after Fizza returned gifts sent to her and Asfandyar on her birthday’. On June 23, 2009, the petitions were withdrawn, he claimed, when a compromise seemed imminent. The same suits were refilled, he says, when the Gilani family failed to meet the terms and conditions of the settlement.
The petitioner has complained that he has not been allowed to meet his wife or child in three years. He has also accused the Gilani family of changing Asfandyar’s last name to Gilani.
Khurram has stated in his petition that he is willing to reconcile. Muhammad Azam, the guardian judge on June 12 this year, issued a restraining order, prohibiting Fizza from travelling abroad or removing Asfandyar from the jurisdiction of the family court.
One of Khurram’s friend, prefering anonymity, revealed that Mian Manzoor Wattoo (the federal minister) was mediating between the two families in an attempt to reach an out of court settlement. He stated that Khurram had been offered Rs30 million, a five-year visit visa to the United States of America and guaranteed a job on his return, in exchange for divorcing Fizza. The friend added that Khurram was unwilling to give up his claim to custody of his son.
The Express Tribune has also discovered that Khurram contracted a second marriage in April of this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2010.
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