Scottish Girl Stays With Pakistani Father

A lingering legal battle over the custody of a Scottish-Pakistani girl ended after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that the girl would stay "permanently" in Pakistan with his father.

Scottish Girl Stays With Pakistani Father

"I am very happy with the verdict," a jubilant Misbah Erum told reporters after the judgment.

"I have no objection to meet my mother in Pakistan, but definitely I will not go to London to meet her," she said hugging her visibly happy father Rana Sajjad.

The court issued the ruling after the two parties agreed on four points and signed a memorandum of reconciliation, which was presented before the court.

Under the deal, the mother withdraws all cases pending in courts in both Pakistan and Scotland.

She will have to be provided police security whenever she comes to Pakistan to meet her daughter and all the traveling expenses will be borne by the father.

Erum will be at liberty to proceed to Scotland when she wills so and her father shall not restrain such a will.

In November, a higher court handed over the custody of Misbah to her mother but the father challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court.

Erum sparked a high-profile police investigation in August 2006, after she ran away from her mother's home in Scotland to live with her father in Pakistan.

The 12-year-old girl arrived in Lahore in August last year with her father and elder sister Tahmina.

Her mother, Louise Ann Fairly, claimed the girl had been abducted and would be subjected to a forced marriage.

But after she arrived in Pakistan, Misbah herself said she wanted to stay in Pakistan and denied she was under any pressure to wed.


The Pakistani father was walking on the moon after the ruling.

"I am feeling so relieved after the verdict," he said, welcoming his ex-wife to come an visit her children.

"I had already offered her that I would bear the expenses of her travel," said Rana.

"She is her mother after all, but I cannot risk the identity of my daughter," he stressed.

Earlier, Louise had offered to withdraw the custody claim if Misbah was allowed to travel to Scotland during her holidays.

The offer was turned down by both Misbah and her father.

"There was nothing wrong if Misbah would visit Scotland after every three months and her mother would come to Pakistan from Scotland, however, my client will fully abide by the court's verdict," Naheeda told

She admitted that her client was residing under one roof with her boyfriend, but claimed that Louise had not converted to Christianity.

"She is still a Muslim."

Rana Sajjad married Louise Ann Fairly in Glasgow in 1984 after she embraced Islam. They have two sons and two daughters.

After the marriage broke down, the children lived with their father and moved to Pakistan.

All the children later returned to Britain to live with their mother but are now back in Pakistan.

"I am proud of being Muslim and I will like to remain Muslim for ever," said Erum.

"Now I will stay with my sisters and brothers in Pakistan in mental peace."



Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16