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Pakistan Orders Custody For Hindu Girls



A Court in Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the government to take custody of two Hindu sisters allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam.

Police said the case triggered a quarrel with Hindu-majority neighbour India.

Police say the teenagers left their home in mostly Muslim Pakistan’s south-eastern province of Sindh on March 20, to be married in Punjab province, where the law does not bar marriages of those younger than 18, unlike Sindh.

“The girls appeared before Islamabad High Court on Tuesday,’’ Farrukh Ali, a Police officer in their home district of Gothki, told Reuters by telephone.

“The court has directed the deputy commissioner to take their custody,’’ he added, referring to an administration official in the Pakistani capital.

The court set a deadline of April 2, for the submission of a report into an inquiry ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan and directed that the girls not return to Sindh until the case was resolved, broadcaster Geo Television said.

Police have detained 10 people in the case over their marriages and registered a formal case of kidnapping and robbery by the teenagers, after complaints from their parents.

The incident prompted a rare public intervention by a top Indian official in its neighbour’s domestic affairs, when Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said on Twitter she had asked India’s ambassador in Pakistan for a report on news of it.

Pakistan was “totally behind the girls’’, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said on social media in response to Swaraj’s Sunday message but asked India to look after its own minority Muslims.

At a news conference on Sunday, he referred to religious riots in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat in 2002 that killed over 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.

In Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, Pakistan accuses India of human rights violations, a charge New Delhi denied.

Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will seek a second term in a general election starting in April.

He has taken a tougher stand towards Pakistan in the past five years. (Reuters/NAN)




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