Lawyer faces trial for wife’s ‘abduction’

LAHORE: Police are still unable to locate whereabouts of a woman and her child; the victim’s family allege that her husband, an influential lawyer might be behind the ‘mysterious’ disappearance of the two.
Hearing the case on Monday, Justice Abdul Sammi Khan of the Lahore High Court summoned DIG Investigation and adjourned the hearing till Tuesday (today). Ayesha Bibi and her two-year-old son reportedly went missing after the lawyer’s legal clerk took her with him to meet her estranged husband, who also called up Ayesha and instructed her to come and visit him.
Ayesha’s mother stated that her 26-year-old daughter was working in the office of Advocate Maqsood Buttar who later married her; they have a son aged 2 from the marriage.
She said that her daughter often spoke of irreconcilable differences with her husband. Ayesha and her son had been living in a flat located in Model Town. “It was November 30, 2016, when I visited my daughter’s residence in Model Town. There were no traces of her and my grandson,” she said. “It’s been almost seven months now and the two are still missing, I fear they are gone forever,” she said.
On the day of her disappearance, Ayesha came to her mother’s house and left with Buttar’s legal clerk, she said. She also alleged her son-in-law had even tried to kill Ayesha by pushing her off a cliff near Murree due to which she suffered severe injuries and multiple fractures. The victim’s brother stated that his family was receiving death threats from the accused.
A large number of human rights activist were gathered outside the court to express solidarity with the victim’s family.



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