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Dua Zahra’s father challenges SHC’s verdict in SC

KARACHI: Dua Zahra’s father  Saturday moved the Supreme Court against Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdicts, in which the court had allowed the teenager to decide where she wants to go with her parents or husband. 

In the petition, Syed Mehdi Ali Kazmi claimed that the Sindh High Court allowed Dua to exercise her free will based on her statement and medical test that puts her age between 16 to 17 years.

The Court ignored her educational certificates and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) record that states her age as 14 years, the petition said.

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He has contested that the high court judgment that said that Dua is “at liberty to decide as to with whom she intends to reside and go along” needs to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The petition added that the police have classified his daughter’s case as C-class and pleaded for an immediate hearing of the case, calling SHC’s decision faulty

On June 8, the SHC allowed Dua to decide if she wants to go with her parents or her husband. “In light of all the evidence, this is not a case of kidnapping,” said the three-page written order by Justice Junaid Ghaffar.

“Dua Zahra Kazmi, pursuant to her statement on Oath and Age Certificate is set at liberty to decide as to whom she intends to reside and go along,” the order read. 

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It may be recalled that Dua had mysteriously gone missing from Karachi in April but later declared that she had run away from her home to Lahore to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed.  

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