Brother-in-law of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has filed a petition in a Pakistani court challenging the registration of a criminal case against his sister and her children for illegally entering and living in the country.
Zakarya Ahmed Abdalfattah, the younger brother of bin Laden's youngest widow Amal, named the federal government, ISI and the interior and defence secretaries as respondents in his petition filed in the Islamabad high court on Tuesday.
He expressed reservations over the trial of his sister by Civil Judge Shahrukh Arjumand.
The high court's office raised some minor objections about the maintainability of the petition but fixed it for hearing by Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman.
The court of the civil judge recently remanded bin Laden's three widows and children to judicial custody as it began their trial on charges of illegally entering and living in Pakistan.
The women and children, who were earlier in the custody of intelligence agencies, were recently moved to a house in Islamabad which has been declared a sub-jail.
Abdalfattah's petition said Pakistani authorities could not register a criminal case against his sister and her five minor children – Safiah, Asia, Ibraheem, Zainab and Hussain – because they were living in the country like millions of Afghans who had migrated during the Afghan war.