The campaign to free a 14-year-old Christian girl from the clutches of a man who abducted her and held her hostage in his home in Pakistan lies in tatters after Lahore High Court unexpectedly decided in his favor, according to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Judge Raja Muhammad Shahid Abbasi on August 4, 2020, overturned last week’s ruling of the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court that ordered that Maira Shahbaz be removed from Mohamad Nakash’s house and placed in a women and girl’s refuge, pending further investigations.

Nakash claimed he had married Maira but, in spite of evidence invalidating the marriage certificate and showing that she is underage, Lahore High Court ruled in his favor, stating that the teenager has embraced Islam.

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