LAHORE: According to Geo News, police detained the priest who performed Dua Zehra’s nikkah, the 14-year-old girl who inexplicably vanished from Karachi in April but then revealed that she had run away from home to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed.
According to the police, cleric Qari Hafiz Ghulam Mustafa performed a “fake nikkah” for the youngster and her husband because it is unlawful in Sindh to marry off minors under the age of 18. In the meantime, the age limit for marriage in Punjab is 16 years.
The priest, who was from the Samanabad region of Lahore, was also transported to an unknown place to be interrogated, according to police.
Dua said the couple’s lives were in danger in a video message two days ago.
“My life is in risk,” she added, “although the Constitution and the legislation of this country allow me to marry whomever I choose and live anywhere I want under the law.”
Despite the fact that Dua had recorded a court statement in her husband’s favour, the Sindh and Punjab police were “harassing her and her husband” and conducting a “illegal search.”
“The Sindh police want to kidnap me and my husband, so if anything happens to us, it will be the fault of the Sindh police, Punjab police, and my parents.”
Dua went on to say that she is “happy married and lives a quiet life in Lahore,” and that her in-laws treat her well.
Dua Zahra’s father had petitioned the Sindh High Court for his daughter’s return, claiming she was underage.
On the petition filed by Dua Zahra’s father for her retrieval, the Sindh High Court has issued notices to all parties involved, including the girl’s spouse.