Indian national Uzma returns from Pakistan: What really happened and how she came back

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New Delhi | Updated: May 25, 2017 1:27:00 PM

Indian national Uzma on Thursday returned to India from Pakistan.

Indian national Uzma on Thursday returned to India from Pakistan. (ANI image)

Indian national Uzma on Thursday returned to India from Pakistan. The Islamabad High Court had allowed her to return home in Delhi. Uzma was staying at the Indian mission in Islamabad after accusing a Pakistani man of marrying her at gun point. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has welcomed her back home, calling her India’s daughter. Swaraj tweeted that she was sorry for all that Uzma had gone through. Uzma, who was accompanied by Indian mission officials, crossed the Wagah Border near Amritsar this morning.

Take a look at what really happened and how she managed to come back

Uzma, who is in her early 20s, hails from New Delhi and had travelled to Pakistan earlier this month. She had claimed that Tahir Ali, whom she reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love with, forced her into marrying him in Pakistan on May 3.

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Uzma had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court on May 12 requesting it to allow her to return home urgently as her daughter from her first marriage in India suffered from thalassemia – a blood disorder characterised by abnormal hemoglobin production.

Ali had also petitioned the court, requesting that he be allowed to meet Uzma.

A single bench of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard both the petitions yesterday. After hearing their arguments, Justice Kayani allowed Uzma to return to India and ordered the police to escort her to the Wagah Border.

The judge asked Uzma if she wanted to meet Ali in his chamber but she refused. Some reports said Uzma once collapsed in the court during the hearing and paramedics were called in to treat her.

The court also returned her the immigration papers which she had said was taken away by Ali, who had submitted the documents yesterday after being told by the court to do so.

Meanwhile, Ali said that the high court allowed “his wife” to go back. “She has been allowed to return and I am unhappy because my point of view was not heard,” according to PTI report.

It has been learned that Uzma had arrived in Pakistan on May 1 and travelled to the remote Buner district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where she was married to Ali on May 3.

Later she came to Islamabad and took refuge in the Indian High Commission.

According to the law in Pakistan, her lawyer can continue to represent her and she can come back to pursue the case, as per PTI report.

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