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Famous Pakistani artist accused of kidnapping child

Austrian police have issued an arrest warrant for Pakistani artist Dr Shahida Mansoor, 46, who until recently was living in Graz in southern Austria.

Austrian newspaper Heute said the official arrest warrant lists kidnapping as the crime in relation to her alleged smuggling of a child to her homeland.

The arrest warrant has surprised those who know her who said that in her homeland she is highly regarded for her Japanese block print making. She studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She was granted Monbusho Scholarship for a period of seven years from 1994 to 2001. She gives lectures on her craft and has won numerous awards.

She recently gave a personal trip through her exhibition in Islamabad to the Japanese ambassador.

The allegation is that in 2001 when she lived in Graz she smuggled at least one child illegally back to her homeland.

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