Ghotki: Two sisters from Ghotki, Aasia and Shazia who made headlines for converting to Islam have reached today their native village in Ghotki.

The newly converted Muslim sisters received a warm welcome at Sindh-Punjab border.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday allowed two Hindu sisters from the Ghotki district of Sindh to reunite with their husbands, rejecting their parent’s contention that the girls were kidnapped and forced to change their religion.

An IHC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah, ruled on the matter following a report from a five-member commission, which said that the girls accepted Islam on their own to marry their lovers and that it did not appear to be a case of forced conversion.

The girls and their spouses, Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali, had filed a petition seeking protection. In their plea, the girls maintained that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki but converted wilfully as they were impressed by Islamic teachings.

Earlier, a medical report prepared by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) had also stated that Asia (formerly Raveena) is 19-years-old and Nadia (formerly Reena) is 18-years-old.

The teenagers had left their home on March 20 to be married in Punjab, where the law does not bar marriages of those younger than 18, unlike Sindh. The police also detained 10 people in the case and registered a formal case of kidnapping and robbery on complaints of the girls parents.

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