ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (APP): Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed during the hearing of a case on Monday that no one could secure a favour from the Supreme Court through any manipulation. Expressing his displeasure over remarks of a counsel for a respondent in a case pertaining to two minor girls, he said that only petty minds could think on these lines.
“We hear hundreds of cases of such nature and how can you say that anyone will inspire us to get a favour; its your narrow thinking,” he told the counsel.
A three-member bench headed by the CJP directed the Foreign Office to take up the issue of repatriation of two minor Pakistani girls with the concerned authorities in the United Arab Emirates and Norway.
It also directed the Secretary Interior Ministry to cancel passport of the girls’ father Umar Farooq with the help of the FIA and apprise the court as to how two girls had been taken outside the country when their names were on the Exit Control List.
Provincial Police Officer (IGP) Punjab was directed to submit details of the cases against the petitioner.
The bench said if the accused appeared before the court with two minors on the next date of hearing he would be given protection.
The two girls are Zainab and Zuhaira, both aged two and half years.
Soofia Mirza, a model-turned-actress, appeared before the bench and said that her husband took away the two girls forcibly and was not returning them.
she said she did everything for compromise with her husband despite his excesses. She left modelling but her husband kept torturing her physically and used to beat her black and blue, the woman told the court.
Soofia claimed that her husband first took away the children to UAE and she had information that now he had gone to Oslo, Norway.
She prayed to the bench to issue direction for immediate recovery and repatriation of her children.
Justice Ch. Ejaz Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Rabbani were the other members of the bench. The hearing was adjourned till January 27.