Indian government not cooperating in Geeta’s case: Counsel

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Indian lawyer Momineen Malik, who has filed an application through Pakistani lawyers for the custody of deaf-mute Geeta, has blamed New Delhi for failing to cooperate with him in securing the repatriation of the stranded girl, media reported.

According to Dunya News, Malik said his government was not cooperating with him in the matter of ensuring Geeta’s return to her rightful family. In this connection, he wished to have blood tests done of the five Indian families which claimed to be her guardians, he said.

An application has been filed by Malik, under Section 552 of the criminal procedure code, which empowers the judge to compel restoration of abducted females.

Geeta, an Indian deaf and mute girl has been stranded in Pakistan for the last 13 years. She was handed over to the Edhi Foundation by the Punjab Rangers after she crossed the border by mistake.

Earlier, the Indian girl, Geeta, along with her custodians, Faisal and Bilquis Edhi, were summoned by the district and sessions South judge, Ahmed Saba on Monday. However, the hearing was later adjourned till Wednesday.

Earlier, Pakistan had made an offer that National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz would repatriate Geeta on his visit for the NSA-level talks. However, the talks were cancelled after India raised questions over Aziz’s agenda.

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