LAHORE - Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq of the Lahore High Court has handed over two minor children to their father after getting them recovered from the custody of their step maternal uncle, Adil. The petitioner Mudassir Hussain, a resident of Baira Virkan, District Sheikhupura, said he had been living in his in-laws house in Pattoki when his brother-in-law asked him to leave his two children, Beenish and Tayyaba, for some time at his residence. He added when his brother-in-law Adil Shehzad did not bring back his children after being asked twice over a period of couple of months, he went to see him along with his wife. He said Shehzad not only refused to meet them but also deprived them of a meeting with their children. The petitioner prayed the court to depute a bailiff and recover his children from illegal custody of their uncle. On court orders, the police recovered the children from the residence of the petitioner's in-laws and brought them before the judge. "Beenish appears to be seven years old and states that the person (the petitioner) present in the courtroom is her father. The other child is of about three years of age. Let the minors be handed over to the petitioner," the judge concluded. AQ Khan wins referendum In a referendum held by Save Judiciary Committee (SJC), renowned national scientist Dr AQ Khan was elected as President of Pakistan against PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. The referendum was held in Lahore High Court Bar Association wherein a total of 217 votes were cast in favour of Dr Khan while nobody voted for Mr Zardari. Chairman SJC Abdur Rasheed Qureshi was the returning officer while the polling agents of Dr Khan and Asif Ali Zardari were Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi and Khan Muhammad Sarfraz Khan respectively. After the polling Syed Azhar Hussain Shah counted the votes and announced the results. After the announcement of results, the chairman SJC said the people of Pakistan wanted to see Dr Khan as next president and referendum results showed the public leaning. He also stressed that coalition partners should respect public opinion by electing Dr AQ Khan as next president.