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(Compass) – A Pakistani court issued a warrant Saturday for the arrest, without possibility of bail, of a Muslim father who abducted his two small children from a Lahore courthouse on September 13. Judge Khizer Hayat Ghondal of the Lahore Family Court ordered the police to “take whatever measures necessary” to apprehend and produce Abdul Ghaffar before the court at the next hearing on the case. Ghondal has registered a criminal case against Ghaffar, who spirited his five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter out of the Lahore court premises during a court-supervised visitation with them. Ghaffar’s children were raised by their Christian mother, Maria Samar John, after she escaped four years ago from a forced, abusive marriage to their father. “This is really a shocking thing for Maria and all of us,” a lawyer for Samar told Compass. “It will take a miracle, but we are praying for the safety and recovery of her children.”