SUKKUR: All the bazaars in Mirpur Mathelo were shut down, in anticipation of the violence that might erupt after Faryal’s (Rinkle) statement in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday.
The police DIG in Sukkur sent a heavy contingent of police, Rangers and commandos to patrol Ghotki, and set up 22 police pickets in Mirpur Mathelo.
Although the city was mainly deserted, a small number of people could be seen walking around and asking for news updates. Some claimed that Rinkle gave a statement in favour of her parents, while others disagreed and said it was in favour of the husband.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, Rinkle’s uncle Raj Kumar said that the Chief Justice of Pakistan had asked everyone to leave the room before recording Rinkle and Lata’s statements.
“Lata said that she had converted because she wanted to do so,” he said. “However, Rinkle wants to go back to her parents.” Kumar’s lawyer Noor Naz Agha confirmed the statements made by her client.
“Rinkle started to cry and almost fainted,” she said. “The chief justice said that both girls were depressed and needed some time to think.”
The court sent Lata and Rinkle back to Darul Aman in Karachi, and said that they should be presented before the court on April 18.
The pir of Bharchoondi, Sharif Mian Aslam told The Express Tribune that he was there in court with his father MNA Abdul Haq alias Mian Mitho.
He claimed that Rinkle had confessed to converting to Islam on her own and wanted to live with her husband but when the court allowed her to meet her mother she became emotional and changed her statement.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2012.