Drug smuggling accused Brit woman returns to Pak jail with baby after giving birth

ANI29 October 2012

Islamabad, Oct. 29 (ANI): A British woman, who was held in Pakistan on charges of drug smuggling, was sent back to prison with her newborn daughter after she gave birth in a hospital, a British legal group has said.

Khadija Shah, 25, who was arrested in May this year, is being held on charges of trying to smuggle heroin worth nearly 5 million dollars onto a flight to Britain, reports The Express Tribune.

She gave birth to Malaika a few weeks ago and returned to the Adiala prison near Islamabad. The baby has had no immunisations and has already had to be hospitalised after she developed severe diarrhoea in the prison, British legal group Reprieve said.

"To keep a baby behind bars is truly barbaric. Baby Malaika is weak and suffering from terrible health problems while Khadija faces execution. No mother would wish this scenario on their worst enemy," Reprieve investigator Sultana Noon was quoted, as saying.

Shah has two other young children, who currently live with a relative. (ANI)