Pak: Indian diplomat apologises after being caught taking photos inside court

Posted May 13, 2017

The petition, filed on Uzma's behalf by her counsel Malik Shah Nawaz Noon and Piyush Singh, first secretary (consular and visa) in the Indian high commission, also sought security for her return to India via the Wagah land border crossing. The hearing involved an Indian woman who had sought refuge at the Indian mission after being forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint.

"My five-year-old daughter Falak is ill and I have to meet her", Uzma said in the petition, according to Pakistani media reports.

The official identified as Piyush Singh, first secretary at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, snapped three photos inside the court, including a picture of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, during the hearing of the case filed by Tahir Ali seeking the high court's intervention to meet his Indian wife Uzma.

FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said that Uzma's case is now being heard in court and she will only be able to return once all legal requirements are complete.

It also sought an exemption to Uzma from reporting to police and requested her repatriation to her homeland.

However, Ali claimed she knew about his marriage and children.

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Uzma, a resident of New Delhi, filed a plea with an Islamabad court on May 8 against Ali, alleging that she was being intimidated by him. Dawn quoted Uzma as saying in her petition.

Yesterday, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said Uzma will be sent back to India as soon as the legal issues in the case are resolved.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday assured that India is coordinating with the Pakistan Foreign Office for the safe return of an Indian woman Uzama, who alleged that she was sedated, tortured and forced to sign a nikah nama at gunpoint in Pakistan.

The couple had reportedly met in Malaysia, where Ali was a taxi driver.

Uzma has also alleged she was given sleeping pills and forcibly brought to Pakistan.

Initially, he said, petitioner and others were asked to wait, but later the officials at the Indian High Commission called Uzma inside, and since, then the petitioner has not seen her.