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MP offered a meeting with Molly
Molly Campbell
Molly Campbell was last seen in the Western Isles on Friday
An MP has said he has been assured he will be able to speak to a schoolgirl reported missing by her mother in the Western Isles.

Molly Campbell, 12, flew from Lewis to Glasgow and then Lahore with her father and older sister last Friday.

Glasgow Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar is due to fly out to Pakistan after being briefed by Molly's mother Louise.

Mr Sarwar said family friends had told him that he would be able to see the girl in private on Friday.

Following his meeting with Ms Campbell, the MP said: "I have assured Molly's mum I will be talking to family members.

"Her daughters and sons in Lahore and family friends have assured me that I will be given access to speak to Molly in private."

My mind is open because at the end of the day we have to ensure what is in the best interest of the children, the mother and father, and I'm sure they will listen to me
Mohammed Sarwar MP

He declined to speculate on claims Molly, also known as Misbah Iram Ahmed Rana, left Scotland of her own free will.

Mr Sarwar said: "After talking to Molly I'll be able to let you know that she left the country happily and that she was not forced to leave.

"Obviously Louise is very distressed, she is very upset, and any mother, if she is separated from her child, will feel like this."

He added: "My mind is open because at the end of the day we have to ensure what is in the best interest of the children, the mother and father and I'm sure they will listen to me.

"One thing Louise is extremely concerned about is that Sajed might bring her three elder children to Glasgow or to the UK and leave Molly alone in Lahore.

"I have assured her I will do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen."

Ms Campbell flew to Glasgow from Stornoway on Thursday morning and met the MP in a police station at the city airport.

Mr Sarwar is due to fly to Pakistan at 1700 BST on a trip originally arranged to visit the scene of a devastating earthquake which struck last year.

Former constituent

He has known Molly's father, Sajed Rana, for more than 15 years. The businessman was a constituent when he lived in Pollokshields.

The MP also gave assurances that there was no arranged marriage for the schoolgirl in Pakistan.

Glasgow SNP councillor Bashir Ahmad plans to discuss the situation with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shakut Aziz in London on Friday.

The Foreign Office said it was up to Molly's family to decide whether to instigate proceedings. It is understood the family's lawyers are now preparing a case.

Western Isles Labour MSP Alasdair Morrison also met with Mr Sarwar and said his colleague had unparalleled access to the Lahore area.

Mohammed Sarwar
Mr Sarwar hopes his Pakistani contacts will help trace Molly

Scottish Muslim newspaper, iWitness said Mr Rana's brother had warned politicians to stay out of the matter. He also said the girl was safe.

The entire dispute could also be raised in the Pakistani courts under a 2003 protocol signed by both governments.

A government spokeswoman in Pakistan said there had not been a formal approach from the UK Government, although the Foreign Office's child abduction unit had been involved.

The British High Commission in Pakistan has joined the investigation.

Staff in Islamabad said they were aware of the case and had been in contact with Ms Campbell's lawyers and police.

Osama Saeed, of the Muslim Association of Britain, said friends close to Mr Rana were angry the case had been portrayed as an abduction.

Northern Constabulary launched a search for Molly because her mother is her legal guardian.


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