HC notice to Centre,J&K on plea seeking whereabouts of minor Pakistani girl

NEW DELHI, Aug 14:
The Delhi High Court today sought responses from the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir government and the city government on a Pakistani lawyer´s plea for custody of her minor niece, who was here from Pakistan, and whose whereabouts are not known since July 17 this year.
The girl had come to India with her mother, Shabnam Barkat, and while travelling to Srinagar from Delhi they had met with an accident in which the child and her mother had received severe injuries, the petition said.
The mother had succumbed to her injuries in the last week of June, it said.
The Lahore-based lawyer Shazia Naz, in her habeus corpus petition, is seeking custody of her four-year-old niece.
Justice Reva Khetrapal issued notices to the Ministries of External Affairs and Home Affairs, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir governments as well as the Commissioner of Delhi Police and the Foreigner Regional Registration Office here, seeking their replies by August 21, the next date of hearing.
Jammu and Kashmir government and Delhi Police were also directed to file their status reports regarding the whole incident before the next date.(PTI)


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