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Supreme Court bails women jailed for ‘vulgar’ texts

Maria Naz, 19, and her mother Shazia Begum were arrested in Rawalpindi, a garrison town adjoining the capital, Islamabad, by the Federal Investigation Agency after Naz’s aunt lodged a complaint claiming she had received offensive texts from them, defence lawyer Zulfiqar Bhutta told AFP.

The court granted bail “as the prosecution admitted that it had found no incriminating material from the cell phones of both”, Bhutta said. His statement was confirmed by court officials.

He said the women had been “wrongly” framed to pressure them into withdrawing a civil case regarding a property dispute with Naz’s aunt.


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