A Pakistani court has issued a notice to former Punjab chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa in response to a habeas corpus petition seeking the recovery of his estranged actress wife Sapna Khan and their minor daughter, who have been "missing" since June 22.
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Malik Mubeen Ahmad issued the notice Monday and asked Khosa, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) that rules Punjab, to respond by July 20.
Earlier, the court had dismissed the petition, saying the counsel for the petitioner was not present in court.
The petition was restored after the petitioner, Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Azhar Siddique, filed a restoration application that contended that his associate was present in the court and had marked his attendance to the court reader.
Siddique told the District and Sessions Judge that Sapna Khan, also known as Zeba Khan who is Khosa's third wife, was allegedly beaten up by Khosa and his friends outside his residence on June 22.
He said the men snatched Sapna's daughter and took them both to an unknown location.
Siddique alleged that police did not take action even after they were informed about the matter.
He asked the judge to order police to recover Sapna and her daughter and produce them in court.
Siddique also said that after the recovery and production of the alleged detainees in court, the judge should direct police to register a case against persons involved in the alleged abduction.