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At US request, Pakistan grants detained designer Khadija Shah consular access

  • State Dept had requested Shah, a Pakistani as well as American citizen, get consular access
Published June 8, 2023

Pakistan has granted Khadija Shah, famed fashion designer and granddaughter of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua, consular access, Aaj News reported on Thursday.

Shah, a Pakistani as well as American citizen, was detained after the violence on May 9 in the aftermath of Imran Khan’s arrest.

On Tuesday, the United States called on Pakistan to grant consular access to Shah, saying that Washington has been following her case.

“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,” US State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel said during a press briefing.

He further said that “whenever a US citizen is arrested overseas, Washington stands ready to provide all appropriate assistance”.

What is consuar access?

Consular access is the ability of foreign nationals to have access to consulate or embassy officials of their country in another nation.

Article 36 of the Vienna Convention provides that a detained foreign national must be informed of their right to communicate with consular officials. It also grants consular officials the right to visit a detained national and to arrange for their legal representation.

Shah’s arrest

Shah, co-founder and creative director of design house Élan and a vocal Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporter, was sent to jail for 7 days by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore after being presented in court on May 24.

She 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 in Lahore on May 9, which is also the Corps Commander House.


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Nabil Jun 08, 2023 04:18pm
What happened to civil rights guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan!
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ali akber Jun 08, 2023 05:15pm
What about teaching of
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WarrenDesiBuffet Jun 08, 2023 09:36pm
Tum koi ghulaam ho? The hypocrisy of youthias is disgusting. As is the damage they inflicted on Pakistan
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BK Jun 08, 2023 09:42pm
WOW, the orders came from the real bosses and here we go, now Khadija has rights! Just the fact that US is mute at the violations being done to human rights, constitution, law and order, basic dignity of people speaks a lot about whether they played any part in the regime change and how much do they really care about democracy in other countries. At the end of the day Pak is our country, if people will not take the destiny in their own hands then they will continue to be controlled by the neutrals whose real masters sit in pentagon
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Tulukan Mairandi Jun 08, 2023 10:44pm
She should be quickly given capital punishment and finished off
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Humayun Jun 08, 2023 10:53pm
@WarrenDesiBuffet, The hypocrisy of the youthias is apparent or the hypocrisy of your masters, or you slave patwari cannot see it? The access was given by your masters at the behest of their masters, it was not given by PTI, but you had to post this illiterate comment to justify your 30K that you get as scraps for serving your masters.
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WarrenDesiBuffet Jun 09, 2023 03:12am
@Humayun, its ok. Now that you poor youthias are left without leadership and your revolution fizzled embarassingly, your insults and slogans are the merely the cries of spoiled children scared at the spanking coming their way. Carry on humiliating yourselves!
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