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Pakistan grants detained Khadija Shah consular access

United States (US) has asked Islamabad to provide consular access to Khadija Shah, who is a dual national.

Pakistan has granted detained Khadija Shah consular access, it emerges on Thursday.

Famed fashion designer and granddaughter of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua, a Pakistani as well as American citizen, was detained after the violence on May 9 in the aftermath of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.

Shah had surrendered to the CCPO office in Lahore on May 23 following a manhunt for her arrest.

She was nominated in an FIR for terrorism and other charges following the attack by alleged PTI supporters on Jinnah House which is also known as the Corps Commander House, n Lahore on May 9.

The development comes after, the United States called on Pakistan to grant consular access to Shah, saying that Washington has been following her case.

US State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel said during a press briefing said, “Have asked Pakistani officials for consular access to her … I’ve previously said, we always urge foreign governments to allow and follow consular notifications for procedures when American citizens are detained.”

“I believe Ms. Shah is a dual national, and so we continue to engage directly with the Government of Pakistan on this,” he said, adding, “Whenever a US citizen is arrested overseas, Washington stands ready to provide all appropriate assistance”.

Last month, an anti-terrorism court sent Khadija Shah to jail on judicial remand for an identification parade.

Saman Siddiqui

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