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Plea by Irishwoman who had two children 'abducted' by ex: 'Bring my babies back'

By Amy Molloy

Published 17/11/2016

Louise Roche has not seen her children since October
Louise Roche has not seen her children since October

An Irish mother is pleading for help after her ex-husband is believed to have travelled to Pakistan with their two children without her consent.

Heartbroken Louise Roche (29) has not seen her children since October and has not received any contact from her former husband, Hammad Tufail (31).

Abdullah (2) and Muhammad (1) were with their father in Dublin on the weekend of October 14.

The Wexford woman believes he may have brought them to his home country, and says gardaí have CCTV footage of them going through Dublin Airport.

Speaking on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk this morning, clearly distraught, Louise broke down in tears describing her ordeal.

“I just want him to bring my babies back, they need their mother,” she said.

Louise married Hammad when she was 19-years-old.

She says their relationship was perfectly happy, until she had their first child, when she explains “things turned sour”.

“He said that he desired to have the children raised in Pakistan.

“I lived there for nine months. I was there when the attack happened on the school, and that is when I decided that I couldn’t live there because it’s so dangerous, and I made that very clear to my husband.”

When asked if she believes her children have been abducted, she responded; "Yes, I do".

Gardaí advised her that they believe the youngest child travelled on a Pakistani document, as Louise had his passport.

“I believe he went to Pakistan before we were in court [sorting out their separation] and got the child a passport.

“It was so difficult to come public with this story because if I’m not doing anything, people judge me and then when I go public with it, people are like why are you not over there in Pakistan.

“The reason I am going public is to get the help of professional people who can help me and that is why I am going public with my story. I don’t have the funds to go to Pakistan and I can’t go by myself.”

Ms Roche says she has made numerous calls to the Pakistan Embassy and has not received one call in return.

She has also made contact with Mr Tufail’s family, but to no avail.

When asked if she believed her children were safe, she said; “I have to think positive, I have to be hopeful, I have to be strong.”

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