ISLAMABAD: (Christian Times Pakistan) Saima Iqbal, a 35 years old Pakistani Christian mother of three kids, was allegedly abducted by a Muslim man on the 25th February 2019 and was allegedly forced to convert to Islam.
Her husband Naveed Iqbal told that International Minorities Concern, a UK based advocacy group for minority rights, that his wife was abducted from their home in New Iqbal Town in Islamabad by Muhammad Khalid Sati between 9:00-9:30 in the evening on the 25th of February – 2019.
Mr. Iqbal who works in a local call center said: “I was shocked to find out that my wife was missing after I came back from the night shift on the 26th of February. I made a complaint in the local police station on the 26th of February against the kidnapping of my wife but they refused to register that complaint.
At last the police responded me; they did not take an immediate action in respect of my application. They lodged a police First Information Report (FIR) on the 1st of March – 2019, only after I threatened to commit self-immolation”, said Mr. Iqbal.
He stated: “The accused was arrested on the 5th of March. The police recovered my wife from him on the same day.”
Contrary to Mr. Iqbal’s hopes of reunion with his wife the police told him that his wife had converted to Islam and had married to the accused.
But the conversion and the marriage certificates are bogus. The Muslim marriage certificate does not even have a cleric’s signature, he alleged.
Mr. Iqbal stated that they were living a happy life before the kidnapping of his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Saima Iqbal have three children Qamar 13, Danish, 8 and Michael 4.
“I have challenged the forced conversion and the forced marriage of my wife in a magistrate’s court.” said Mr. Iqbal. The magistrate’s court, he said, has fixed the 19th of March – 2019 for court hearing.
“I will fight until I get justice. My children are missing their mother and I am missing my wife. I love my wife. We have been married for 15 years.” said Mr. Iqbal.
He appealed to Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan and Pakistan’s chief justice to help him to get justice.
Sheraz Khan, Chief Executive of International Minorities Concern has expressed outrage over the abduction, the alleged forced conversion and forced marriage of Mrs. Iqbal.
Mr. Khan said, “The forced conversion of Pakistani Christian, Hindu and other minority women is a cause for concern. The government of Pakistan should put in place measures to stop increasing incidents of forced conversions and forced marriages of minority women.”
“We stand in full solidarity with Mr. Naveed Iqbal and his sons during what is clearly a very difficult time for them.”
“The Pakistani authorities must give protection to Mrs. Saima Iqbal so that she could speak the truth without any fear of facing abuse by the accused or his supporters,” he said.