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Mother's legal move in Misbah row
Molly/Misbah, left, and her older sister Tahmina
Misbah, left, with her sister Tahmina who raised a court action days ago
The mother of a schoolgirl at the centre of a custody dispute has applied to a court in Pakistan to try to get her back to Scotland.

Misbah Rana, 12, who is also known as Molly Campbell, has said she wants to stay in Pakistan with her father Sajed.

Her mother Louise Campbell, who lives in the Western Isles, has filed a petition with the high court in Lahore.

She alleges her daughter was "abducted" in an "illegal and improper manner" and is being detained "improperly".

Ms Campbell, who is the girl's legal guardian, has petitioned for Misbah to be returned to Scotland.

The petition reads: "Minor Misbah Ahmad Rana was abducted to Pakistan from Scotland in an illegal and improper manner and is being detained here illegally and improperly."

Earlier this month, a court in Lahore had given Mr Rana temporary custody of his daughter until 30 September.

Mr Rana has been ordered to appear before a judge on 26 September.

Ms Campbell's action comes a week after police in Pakistan assured a judge that they would not intervene in the dispute.

Police surveillance

Family members in Lahore were afraid that Misbah, who arrived in Pakistan in August, would be deported back to Scotland against her will.

Her sister had filed a petition with the court to guarantee that Misbah would not be detained and deported.

The city's police chief submitted a statement saying there had been no attempt to pick up the girl and no instructions to do so.

Ms Campbell has legal custody of her daughter and they moved to Tong, a village in Lewis, from Stranraer nine months ago.


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