April 14, 2011 12:45:54 am
A Canadian woman of Indian origin has approached a court here to seek the recovery of her four-year-old son from his father,a Canadian of Pakistani- origin,who is alleged to have illegally brought the boy to this country.
Roshni Desai,who was given the custody of the child by a Canadian court last year after she separated from her partner Jahanzeb Niazi,has filed a habeas corpus petition before the Lahore High court for the recovery of her son Azan Sohail Niazi.
Desai alleged that Niazi,originally from Sialkot,but now a Canadian national,had visitation rights to the son but he took him away last month from Montreal and flew over to his country of origin Pakistan.
Temporarily handing over the child to Desai,the Lahore High Court directed the boys parents to settle the issue of custody amicably,before adjourning the hearing,Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The judge Justice Munir directed the two parties to reach some agreement by the next hearing which was fixed for April 14. Desai,through her counsel Aftab Ahmad Bajwa,submitted in the court that the boy was born in 2007 in Canada,out of her union with Niazi but the couple separated in November last year after which she settled down in Montreal with the child,with Niazi enjoying visitation rights.
According to her version,Niazi took Azan away on March 7,and initially did not respond to her calls. After many attempts she succeeded in finally establishing contact with the respondent who promised that the minor son would be handed over to her soon.
However,on March 9,Desai claimed,Canadian police informed her that Niazi had flown away to Pakistan along with Azan. She said since she had been told that her son had travelled on a Pakistani passport,she contacted the Pakistani Consulate.
Desai said she also filed a petition before a Canadian court and obtained an order which directed the respondent to hand over the child to her by March 15.
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