Khadija Shah and baby held in notorious jail


Khadija Shahsource: Reprieve
published: 2014

27-year-old Khadija Shah and her baby daughter Malaika are currently being held in the notorious Adiala jail in Pakistan. Khadija is from Birmingham, and was heavily pregnant when she was arrested for alleged drug offences in May 2012.

After Reprieve took up her case, Khadija was spared a death sentence, but she and baby Malaika remain behind bars.

“Khadija was asked to carry the bags by the person she thought was her boyfriend, a British national, and who brought her to Pakistan, and she has given the authorities his details. The anti-narcotics force seems only interested in picking up the carriers – women and children – and it isn’t going after the big fish.”
Shahzad Akbar, Reprieve Fellow and Khadija’s lawyer

Khadija was on her way back to Britain after a trip to Pakistan, travelling with her two young children. They were also sent to prison.

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