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Will clear misunderstanding: Pak man accused of forcibly marrying Indian

Tahir Ali said he loves Uzma and wants to meet her, requesting the Islamabad high court to arrange a meeting with her. He also asked the high court to bar Uzma from leaving Pakistan.

world Updated: May 11, 2017 22:56 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Screengrab from video footage of Uzma, who says she was forcibly married to a Pakistani man, talking to reporters after she appeared in a judicial magistrate’s court in Islamabad on May 8.
Screengrab from video footage of Uzma, who says she was forcibly married to a Pakistani man, talking to reporters after she appeared in a judicial magistrate’s court in Islamabad on May 8.(Twitter)

The Pakistani man accused of forcibly marrying and sexually abusing an Indian woman approached the Islamabad high court on Thursday to arrange a meeting with her to clear “misunderstandings”.

Uzma, a 20-year-old woman from Delhi, has taken refuge in the Indian high commission in Islamabad after alleging that Tahir Ali, a resident of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province, forced her into marriage at gunpoint and then sexually and physically abused her.

Ali said he loves Uzma and wants to meet her to clear all misunderstandings. “I have requested the high court to arrange a meeting with Uzma in a free environment,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

He asked the high court to bar Uzma from leaving Pakistan until a decision is made on his application.

Pakistan’s interior and foreign secretaries, the Indian mission and Uzma were named as respondents in Ali’s application. The high court will hear the matter on May 15.

Uzma filed an application in a judicial magistrate’s court in Islamabad on Monday which alleged she was forcibly married to Ali. She also said she would not leave the Indian mission till she is repatriated with complete security.

She also alleged that she had found out after the marriage that Ali had a wife and four children. The magistrate’s court will hear the case on July 11.

However, Ali accused the Indian mission and Uzma’a brother Waseem for creating misunderstandings with her. “Everything changed after she went inside the high commission building. We were happily married and lived peacefully,” he said.

Ali said the marriage was performed at a district court in the presence of witnesses. He claimed Uzma signed an affidavit that she was marrying him without any pressure. He denied that he had sexually abused Uzma and said she should be medically examined to prove these allegations.

He also said Uzma knew about his first marriage. “She knew everything and was ready to live and die with me. I wonder why she has changed suddenly,” he said.

Uzma became friendly with Ali in Malaysia, where he worked as a taxi driver. She got in touch with Ali again after returning to India from Malaysia.

Her application in court said Ali “forced” her to get a Pakistani visa to visit him. When she crossed the Wagah land border on May 1, Ali picked up Uzma in a car and, after travelling a short distance, gave her a sleeping pill, she told reporters outside the court.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Wednesday that Uzma will be repatriated only after all legal requirements are completed.