Lahore High Court reserves decision over petition seeking change in Christian Divorce Act

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Lahore High Court has reserved decision over petition seeking legalizing of divorce for Christian couples in Pakistan. The court was hearing a petition case seeking change in the Christian Divorce Act which is currently in effect for Pakistani Christian couples. The court was moved by petitioner Ilyas Masih, a Pakistani Christian who sought legalization of divorce on grounds outside of biblical teachings.

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Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the case and reserved the decision over the petition. 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.

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During today’s court hearing Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir submitted a reply related to the matter and confirmed that he had clarified Biblical stance over the matter. While talking to the media, Khalil Tahir stated that in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Bible, there are no legal grounds for divorce of Christian couples other than adultery.

This case hearing was also attended by other Christian church and political leaders including Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael, MPA Shahzad Munshi , MPA Tariq Masih Gill, Asif Bhatti and others.

Previously, on January 17, Lahore High Court during hearing petition case regarding change in Christian Family Laws; remarked that the court wants to facilitate Pakistani Christian women in the matters of family laws.

During this hearing, the court remarked that Christian women are enjoying up-to-date divorce laws in the western world. The court stated that Pakistani Christian women must also enjoy up to date family laws as well. Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu told the court that Christianity has very clear guidelines in matters of divorce. He said that Pakistani Christians also want to secure the rights of Christian women, but the laws laid down by the Bible must be upheld at any cost.

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