Missing teenage girl from Karachi, Dua Zehra, has been produced in front of a magistrate in Lahore to record her statement related to her marriage with Zaheer Ahmad.
On Monday, the Punjab Police recovered the girl through the address mentioned on the marriage certificate that was provided by the Karachi police.
Later on, Dua Zehra’s confessionary videos started circulating on social media that she was not kidnapped and married a boy name Zaheer Ahmad out of her own will and all the statements of her parents of her being underage were false.
The police are still conducting an investigation about her actual age.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday revealed that police have traced the location of Dua Zehra, a teenage girl, who had allegedly been kidnapped from Karachi’s Alfalah locality last week.
The 14-year-old girl is believed to be residing in Lahore after a purported marriage certificate of Dua came to light. The marriage certificate has been shared with the Karachi police, said Lahore DIG (Operations) Abid Khan.
“Police are trying to trace the girl using the residential address given on the certificate,” he said, adding that police have yet to find the teenager.
The senior police official added that multiple police teams have been formed to trace the girl and added that details will emerge after the recovery of Dua.
The father of the missing girl said it was not yet confirmed if Lahore Police had recovered his daughter in light of recent developments.
Commenting on the marriage certificate, the father said his daughter could not be 18 years of age and further added that he did not know anyone named Zaheer, the purported husband of Dua as per the marriage certificate.
According to the certificate, Dua was purportedly born in 2001 and was aged 18 years at the time of the nikah. However, PPP leader Shehla Raza, who visited Dua’s parents, said the girl was 13-year-old as per her B-Form (Child Registration Certificate issued by NADRA).
Her location in Lahore is reportedly the Sherakot area of the provincial capital and the groom lives in Sher Shah Colony on Raiwind Road.
On April 16, Dua Zehra had gone missing from the Golden Town area in Karachi. Police had registered a case and launched an investigation the same day. Following the teenager’s disappearance, an FIA cybercrime team had also visited her home and reviewed her social media accounts, digital devices and gaming platforms. Separately, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Parliamentary Leader in the Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman berated the provincial government for failing to trace the girl.
“Ten days have passed since the disappearance of 14-year-old Dua Zehra from outside her home in Golden Town area of the Al Falah Society in Karachi, but no progress has been made in the case,” Zaman said. “Either Sindh police were not competent or they were not serious in the case,” he added.
He said that police, Rangers and agencies should take joint action to find the girl. He added that the Sindh government is making it difficult for people to live peacefully in Karachi.