Divine laws cannot be changed in the name of fundamental rights: Human Rights Minister

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Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael, while presenting his point of view on the matter of divorce in Christianity in front of the court stated that divine laws could not be changed in the name of fundamental rights. He was present during the court proceedings at the Lahore High Court on January 20, Friday. He was also accompanied by Christian scholars who also presented their point of view on the matter.

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Federal Minister recited Biblical verses related to the subject, and maintained that divine laws cannot be altered on the grounds of human rights. He maintained before the court that alteration in the divine law merely on the grounds of fundamental rights would be a desecration of principles laid down by Bible. He asserted that the conditions for divorce of a Christian couple have been clearly stated in the Bible.

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At this occasion, Punjab’s Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu also upheld the Federal Minister’s point of view before the court. At this occasion, clergymen from different denominations also presented their point of view before the court. Consequently, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has reserved verdict in a case demanding amendment to section 10 of Christian Divorce Act, 1869.

Followed by court proceedings, Federal Minister Kamran Michael while talking to the media personnel stated that the man-made laws could are always subject to change but not the divine ones. He asserted that the laws prevalent in the European countries could not be enforced in Pakistan on the pretext of human rights. This case hearing was also attended by other Christian church and political leaders including MPA Shahzad Munshi , MPA Tariq Masih Gill, Asif Bhatti and others.

During the previous hearing, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had directed the Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu to submit a reply on the matter. On January 20, Khalil Tahir submitted a reply related to the matter. While talking to the media, Khalil Tahir stated that there are no biblical grounds for divorce of Christian couples other than adultery.