29/11/2006

Schoolgirl to return to Scotland from Pakistan

The schoolgirl at the centre of an international custody battle has been ordered to return to Scotland by a court in Pakistan.

Twelve-year-old Molly Campbell, now known as Misbah Rana, left her home in Stornoway in Scotland to travel with her older sister to Pakistan where her father lives.

The move triggered an international search for the schoolgirl. Her mother, Louise Campbell, had lodged a legal petition in Pakistan, claiming that her former husband, Sajad Ahmed Rana, and her eldest daughter, Tahmina, had illegally taken the schoolgirl. However, Molly said that she wanted to remain in Pakistan and live with her father.

The High Court in Lahore has ruled that Molly must return to Scotland to live with her mother. The judge said that Molly was to be handed over to the custody of the British High Commission within the next seven days.

Speaking outside the court, Molly's father said that he was "surprised and shocked" by the decision. He said that his daughter was "very devastated" by the decision and wanted to remain in Pakistan.

(KMcA)


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