Pakistan court separates Afghan elopers
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - A Pakistani judge on Tuesday separated a runaway Afghan couple who married for love after a disabled man appeared in court purporting to be the woman's first husband.
It was an about turn for the judge, who last week appeared to accept that Ms Mariyam and Mr Hewad married legitimately by ordering that they be protected and given accommodation together in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar.
Ms Mariyam and Mr Hewad, both 22, said they fled Kabul last month to wed in the leafy town of Abbottabad in north-west Pakistan, where US troops found and killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
The woman said her parents wanted her to marry her dead sister's husband and that if she is sent back to Afghanistan she would probably be murdered for marrying someone of her own choice.