Dua Zehra case: Supreme Court dismisses father’s plea

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Karachi registry disposed off the Dua Zehra case today and announced its reserved verdict on the case.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Karachi registry declared that the Dua Zehra case didn’t fall within the ambit of the apex court and advised Syed Mehdi Shah Kazmi – Dua Zehra’s father – to approach the appropriate forum for the formation of the medical board in Dua Zehra case.

A three-member bench, comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar announced the reserved verdict on a petition filed by Dua Zehra’s father who had challenged the Sindh High Court’s decision in the apex court.

The Supreme Court declared that the marriage was legally permissible and nobody can force Dua Zehra. The judge, while giving his remarks, sympathized with Dua’s father stating that, “we are also parents and can understand the suffering of a father. However, Dua Zehra has given her statements. So now you can’t allege that your daughter has been forced or that someone kidnapped her”.

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The court told Syed Mehdi Kazmi that him and his wife can meet with Dua for as long as they want. However, the court told Dua’s father that his claim of his daughter being abducted by someone is now nullified, and added that Dua Zehra has married out of her own will.

The Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry dismissed the petition filed by the lawyer of Dua Zehra’s father Mehdi Kazmi who moved to the apex court to challenge the Sindh High Court’s verdict on the case that was issued on June 8.