LAHORE – Punjab’s former chief minister and sitting PML-N minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa, opening his lips for the first tine since the Sapna missing case came to court of law, told the Lahore High Court on Thursday that the city’s police “have joined hands with my ex-wife’s family and are harassing me and my family”.

Mr Khosa, a member of an influential political family and son of Shahbaz Sharif’s senior advisor Sardar Zulfqar Khosa, also alleged in his writ petition filed before the Lahore High Court that his former wife was in the custody of Missal Khan (her father) and other family members.

Khosa’s counsel Zubair Khalid argued in the court saying that his client was a law-abiding citizen and performing his duties as provincial minister to serve the nation. He said Missal Khan and others belonged to a blackmailing gang. “They (Khans) have who filed many frivolous petitions in different courts just to harass my client. We have filed many applications with the police for action against them but to no avail.”

Surprisingly, Mr Khosa in his petition admitted Missal Khan to be the father of his ex-wife Sapna Khan, when he said, in paragraph # 9, that he contracted marriage with Zeba Khan alias Sapna Khan, the daughter of Missal Khan, on June 2, 2010, according to the Muslim Law. “Out of this wedlock, a daughter, namely, Mah Gull was born on Feb 28, 2011,” he further admitted. But he said that on June 19, 2011, he divorced Sapna and, with her consent, the custody of the minor was handed over to him. Khosa further lamented that he filed so many applications for recovery of mother of his daughter and to register a case against the accused persons, but the respondent police officers took no action. Interestingly, Khosa impleaded IG, CCPO, Race Course and Nawab Town SHOs in his petition.

Petitioner’s lawyers prayed to have orders for the police to register a criminal case against Missal Khan and other accused on charges of kidnapping Sapna. Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan, however, did not issue notice on the petition and adjourned hearing for Friday (today) along with a similar petition from the other side (Missal Khan) against police in which the court had already summoned the Race Course SHO on Friday.