LAHORE: Justice Sheikh Najmul Hassan of Lahore High Court adjourned till Friday (today) the hearing of a petition filed by former chief minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa against the family of his missing former wife, Sapna Khan.
Khosa has alleged that the city police were hand in glove with his missing former wife’s family in harassing him and his family by accusing him of kidnapping her.
He has named the inspector general, the capital city police officer, and the Race Course and Nawab Town station house officers as respondents.
Khosa says his former wife has been kidnapped by the respondent family, who, he claims, is not her real family. His counsel Advocate Zubair Khalid insisted that his client was a law abiding citizen and was performing his duties as a provincial minister to serve the nation. He said that Missal Khan, who claimed to be Sapna’s father, was trying to blackmail him. He alleged that the police were not taking any action against them.
He said Khosa had married Zeba Khan alias Sapna Khan on June 2, 2010 and divorced her on June 19, 2011. He said their infant daughter was given in Khosa’s custody with mutual agreement.
He said after Sapna went missing, he filed several applications with the police seeking her recovery, but the police took no action in this regard.
He requested the court to issue directions to the police to register a case against Missal Khan and his sons for kidnapping Sapna Khan. He also asked the court to restrain the police from harassing him and his family.
Justice Hassan observed that the Race Course SHO was already on notice to appear in court on Friday (today).
Also on Thursday, Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahida Saeed directed the Race Course station house officer to submit detailed and para-wise comments by December 31 on a petition filed by Missal Khan seeking a copy of the FIR against Khosa.
Earlier, the SHO submitted that petitions by both parties were fixed for hearing on December 30 in the Lahore High Court.
Missal Khan’s counsel Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique said that the SHO’s statement clearly showed that police were supporting Khosa.
He asked how the SHO was aware of Khosa’s petition considering the court had not issued notices to any party. He asked the court to direct the SHO to provide a copy of the FIR to show that they had actually registered a case against Khosa.
The judge fixed December 31 for the next hearing and directed the SHO to submit a comprehensive reply.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2011.
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