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Offline vipermann1

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Uzy & Michelle
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:18:07 PM »
I just joined the forum this last weekend.
First, Thank You David for setting up this forum. It is my hope and prayer that you get yourt son back.
Second, before this web site, I felt rather alone in my efforts to get back my own daughter from Pakistan.
But now, I am feeling empowered since we are all in the same situation, and we all will fight to the end to get our children back.
Here is my story which appeared in our local newspaper:
Usman "UZY" Malik

Local father struggles to reunite with his daughter
Young girl abducted by mother in Pakistan
By Carissa Marsh cmarsh@theacorn.com
In January of this year, Simi resident Usman Malik drove his exwife, Tasleem Gul, and their young daughter Michelle to the airport.
Upon reaching LAX, Malik prepared himself to say goodbye to his 4yearold daughter, who was joining her mother on a three-week trip to Pakistan to visit family.
It never occurred to Malik that it might be the last time he'd see Michelle.
Seven months later, he is fighting to have his daughter returned to him.
"I have not talked to my daughter since Jan. 21," said Malik, 35. "After that, I haven't gotten any emails, any phone calls, so I don't know what condition she's in. I'm just really worried about her."
Two days after his ex-wife, who Malik was married to for four years, left the country, she called to tell him they had made it to Pakistan.
However, Malik's later attempts to contact Gul, 24, went unanswered for two weeks before she finally picked up the phone.
"She said, 'I'm not coming back; you're never going to see your daughter, and if you come to Pakistan, my dad's a major in the army; he's going to kill you,'" Malik said.
A few days later, her number was disconnected.
Malik said he believes Gul, who was born and raised in Pakistan and had only been in the United States for about five years, is now living with her parents near Lahore, Pakistan, with their only child.
"I'm worried about (Michelle) because Pakistan is an Islamic country," Malik said. "There's a lot of violence; there's a lot of bombs going off in the city; there's always protests; there's food and water shortages. . . . Plus she's an American citizen, and kidnapping of American citizens is very common over there."
Malik, an American citizen himself, has since sought recourse in the justice system, both here and abroad, hiring U.S. and Pakistani attorneys to plead his case and working with agencies at different levels of government.
Yet he has run into one obstacle after another, sometimes finding dead ends and unreturned phone calls instead of help in his quest to reunite with his daughter.
After filing child abduction and missing person reports with the Simi Valley Police Department, Malik contacted Dep. District Attorney Tom Johnson, who works in the child abduction and recovery unit in the Ventura County district attorney's office.
"These international cases are difficult because they are outside the jurisdiction of California, so we have to rely on our federal authorities for assistance, and they rely on international treaties," Johnson said.
That is the main problem holding back Malik's case
—the fact that Pakistan does not have an extradition treaty.
"Many countries subscribe to the Hague Convention, and it established a mechanism for solving the difficult and very emotional custody disputes that arise between Americans and parents from other countries," said Steve Royster, spokesperson for Consular Affairs at the Department of State. "While the Hague Convention is not necessarily binding, it established a good framework for the parents to work from."
Unfortunately, Pakistan is not a part of the convention, which further limits Malik's legal options.
The frustrated father has continued to reach out to the State Department's Office of Children's Issues, as well as other federal agencies, including the Pakistani consulate in West Los Angeles and the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.
Progress was finally made last week when Johnson issued an arrest warrant for Tasleem Gul, something Malik had been pushing the D.A. to do for months.
"The United States has no (legal) authority outside of its borders, so that would be up to the Pakistani authorities," if they abided by the arrest warrant, Johnson said.
Johnson added that it can be extremely difficult to get children back from other countries, particularly Islamic countries, because they don't consider parental child abduction to be a crime and they don't want to subject their citizens to criminal penalties.
But with an arrest warrant issued, Malik feels more confident that he will see his daughter again soon.
"I'm really happy that finally got taken care of. That's half the solution right there," he said. "It was a long time coming."
Although the warrant has no authority in Pakistani courts, it can serve as evidence that an abduction actually took place. In the U.S., the issuance of a warrant moves Malik's case from being a child custody dispute to a criminal case.
While Malik and his ex-wife shared 50/50 custody of their daughter, Gul was able to gain full legal custody in Pakistani courts on April 12
—nearly two weeks before the first official court date for the case in Pakistan.
Malik's Pakistani attorney was able to get that ruling dismissed and move the case to Pakistan's Supreme Court, where there have since been five hearings. Some headway was made at the last trial on July 10 when the judge ruled that the U.S. court should have custody of Michelle. The judge also took the young girl's passport, believing the mother might flee to another country.
Malik said he has thought about just going to Pakistan himself, despite his exwife's warning, to try to get his daughter back, but his name has been put on a "no fly" list
—something Malik believes to be the work of his former father-in-law.
"As much as I'd like to go to Pakistan to retrieve my daughter myself, I won't make it past the airport," he said.
Despite all these obstacles, Malik said the most difficult day of the year was his daughter's 5th birthday.
"June 9 was my daughter's birthday, and that was one of the toughest days of the year for me," Malik said. "I pulled out all my daughter's old (home) videos and pictures and just spent the whole day watching them. I spent most of the day at home just thinking about my daughter."
After exhausting most of his legal options, Malik does see a light at the end of the tunnel. He already has plans for how they will celebrate her homecoming.
"I'm going to take her to Disneyland," he said. "That's her most favorite place in the world. I can't get her to leave at the end of the day. We'll probably spend a week in Disneyland."

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 05:19:31 PM »
Here are additional details of the case:
American 6 Year Old girl kidnapped from Los Angeles by Pakistani Army Major and taken to Pakistan!!!!!
Pakistan receives nearly 8 Billion dollars in aid from the United States government.
3 Billion in Humartiarin aid, and 5 Billion in Military Aid.
Americans want to know where this money is being spent…War on Terror..or to Kidnap Americans!!!!!!!!
But some of the aid money was used to Kidnap a American Born 6 year old girl from Los Angeles, and fly her to Pakistan!!!...WOW!!!!!!
Here is the story:
[/U]In January of 2008, my 4 year old Los Angeles born daughter, Michelle, was kidnapped by her mom and taken to Pakistan.
The planning of the chid abduction was planned by a Pakistani Army Major named "Major Abdul Rasheed".
Upon the mother reaching Pakistan with her abducted daughter, she promptly married the Major's brother's son, named "Hasan Rashed".
Ever since, I have struggled to get her back.
Every day the violence in Pakistan is increasing, and I worry about my daughter safety.
The California DA issued an arrest warrant for her mother, as did the FBI…however the local Interpol Police will not arrest my exwife and bring my daughter home.
I tried many times to contact the local Interpol office and have the arrest warrant for my ex-wife enforced.
Each time, they refused to act upon it because her new husband, Hasan Rashid, is a Police Officer in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.
Recently, we found out last month that my ex-wife is married to a Police Chief in the Pakistan city of Lahore.
He refuses to carry out the arrest warrant for his wife.
In addition, he has falsely accused me of "Attempted kidnappping" my own daughter, and has issued a Pakistani arrest warrant for me.
As I am attempting to find my daughter, the State Department performed a welfare visit on her in Pakistan.
But they refuse to disclose her location to me!!!!!! <--unbelievable!!!!
Below is a link to a story which appeared on our local newspaper.

Please see the attached photos, my daughter's life is in danger!!!!
I 100% disagree with the STATE Departments evaluation of my daughter’s health and condition.
(See attached PDF document from the State Department.)
I believe false information was provided by my ex-wife and her family.
1st picture - The ISLAMIC conversion of my daughter into a future Terrorist!!!!
2nd picture - Ex-wife new husband "Hasan Rashid" driving his car at highway speed with no seatbelt and with my daughter in his lap.
3rd Picutre - My daughter was crying because of an injury to her hand. (Zoom in to see cut/injury)
You will be shocked and amazed by this heartbreaking story. There is much more to this story!!!!

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 08:26:36 PM »
I'm so sorry for your loss and suffering. Your story is heartbreaking.
Welcome to the forum. I will include you and your daughter in my prayers.

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009, 05:19:06 PM »
Is she on NCMEC yet? If not, that's the first step.

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 01:05:46 AM »
Oh God Pakistan?  Oh man am I sorry.  I have no specific knowledge of returns to a father from Pakistan but my feeling is that all the other issues in that region are going to trump this for a long time.  The US State Dept definitely doesn't want your daughter causing diplomatic problems with all the other "more important" things they're working on there.  Along with the other details it sounds like you too have a long hard road in front of you.  The best I can say is that you are in good company and there may be a light at the end of the tunnel (and not an oncoming train).  At least the California DA, FBI and Attorney General issued warrants.  Things like that tend to work well in states like CA and TX who are for more experienced in dealing with child abductions to non-compliant countries (with one in particular).

What I can't believe or understand... what completely shocks me and sounds like it must be made up, is that the State Department actually knows exactly where your daughter is being held in Pakistan and they won't tell you.  That can't be true.  It would be like the State Department was trying to help child abductors.  They would never do something like that.......
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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009, 06:52:24 PM »
I experienced the same situation in Russia, so it seems not all that uncommon!

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2009, 12:41:27 AM »
Welcome to the forum PACKMAN:):):):)

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2009, 07:46:05 PM »
Wow, I read your story.  My daughter is an American citizen in born in Kuwait to myself an american and my wife who is philippino.  Well I found out that my wife was seeking a divorce behind my back and I confronted her about it.  My daughter is 9 months old and I haven't seen her in 4 months.  The U.S. Embassy visited my daughter in Kuwait and said she was in good health.  The thing is my wife is going from house to house in Kuwait leaving my daughter with her friends but I can't see her.  So I decided to come back to the states.  The kuwait lawyers i hired didnt do anything for me and now refuses to answer my calls.  But, my wife can go to work everyday at a U.S. military base.

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2010, 05:10:50 PM »
Here are the before and after picutres of my daughter.

I can only imagine the "brain washing" of my daughter!!!!

Anyone have any contacts with News organizations to get my story on the air?

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2010, 07:30:08 PM »

I am so sorry for what you have been through and the worry you are experiencing over your daughter's welfare and safety.  This forum is the best place you can go for information and  empathy from those who understand completely the pain of your loss.  Also the location of the most accurate information on this issue.

As troubling as the picture of her in her current attire is,  I think you can take some small comfort in the physical surroundings, as they do look neat and affluent.  I may get some criticism for that observation but it seems much better than many of the homes in that area,  which probably means a safer, and healthier environment, which might alleviate some of your fear for her safety.

Of course, bringing her home is the only way you will truly feel she is o.k. and the only thing that will bring you real happiness.   I hope that if we can garner enough support, we can pass legislation effective in obtaining the return of our abducted children.   Be sure to petition your congressman for the passage of HR3201.   Send your story to the Today Show.  (Maybe, at some point their featured story will be more inclusive of all the abducted children.   The state dept, has much to answer for and a shameful record on supporting U.S. parents.  We all need to keep pushing for them to actually help American children to be returned,  (instead of hiding their location, withholding information parents and their legal council need, and really enforcing the Hague tenets, or, in ANY way..   Keep posting here and prayers going out for you and your daughter.  Diane

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Re: Uzy & Michelle
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011, 03:16:18 PM »
Dear Uzzi,
Is there anything I can do? I'm planning to visit Pakistan to meet nice friends there.
I pray there you are going to see justice. Trust in God!

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