“My mother gave the doctor a false story"
Pakistani model and actress Sophia Mirza gave details about why she aborted her first child, claiming that her mother is to blame.
Sophia was 26 and newly married to businessman Sheikh Umar Farooq Zahoor when she had the abortion.
In a statement, she alleged that her mother forced her to have an abortion because having a child would reduce her job opportunities in the showbiz industry.
Sophia was six weeks pregnant after getting married. In April 2006, she had been visiting her family in Pakistan.
Her statement read: “While during my visit I was influenced and properly guided by my mother Nasreen Mirza who insisted for me to undergo an abortion.
“She liberally and convincingly encouraged me to perform so and asked me to divorce my husband so I could stay back in Pakistan and earn money and feed my family like I used to do.
“Therefore an incomplete abortion was performed in the suburban area of Okara city of Pakistan.
“The procedure was conducted by a lady doctor who is an acquaintance to my mother in Pakistan.”
Sophia went on to say that her mother told her to lie about her husband in order to have the abortion.
The statement continued: “My mother gave the doctor a false story about how unhappy I was with my husband and wanted a divorce.
“My mother’s argument was that I couldn’t work in the show business and earn money if I was pregnant.
“She furthermore explained that since I left the family after the marriage they have been financially unsound as I was unable to convince my husband to support their financial needs.
“I went to Okara city with my mother and brother Khurram Mirza.”
Her mother arranged for the procedure to take place at a clinic in Okara, Pakistan.
However, Sophia said that the procedure was botched and she nearly died.
She said: “The procedure was performed in a highly unsterilised and unhygienic environment which unfortunately led to further infection and profuse bleeding.
“The situation became worse on the next day as the infection was increasing with intense pain.”
Despite the severe pain, Sophia left for Dubai.
“Following day upon my arrival to Dubai on 20th April, my husband was concerned about my bleeding so he took me to the gynaecologist in town.
“The doctor upon examination declared that D & C (Dilatation and Curettage) had to be performed in order to save the patient from sepsis.
“I underwent voluntarily surgery as it was due to my act and I am and was fully responsible for the consequences.”
Her situation was so severe that she signed a hospital declaration before undergoing a life-saving operation.
“I hereby declare that the deed of abortion was planned and was conducted in Pakistan in my full conscience and concern.
“Therefore physicians or hospitals are under no responsibility or liability from my side.
“I completely undertake the consequences of such deed for legal or federal litigation.”
Sophia Mirza recovered and had twin daughters the following year.
But Sophia and her husband separated shortly after and since then, they have been involved in a lengthy dispute over custody of their daughters.
Sophia Mirza accused her ex-husband of kidnapping their daughters and forcing them to live with him in Dubai.
But the girls, Zunairah and Zainab, stated that they were living with their father happily and of their own free will.
They said their mother visited Dubai in 2017 but refused to meet them.
The twins said their mother had told them to get their passports, steal money from their father and run away. But they refused.