Pakistani Christian women must be facilitated in regard to family laws: LHC

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Lahore High Court during hearing petition case regarding change in Christian Family Laws; remarked that the court wants to facilitate the Pakistani Christian women in the matters of family laws. In this regard, Punjab’s Minister for Religious and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu was directed by the court to submit a reply on the issue.

Lahore High Court

During the court proceeding, the court said that knowing the viewpoints of all the stake holders involved in this case was necessary. In this regard, the court while hearing the petition case regarding Christian Divorce law directed provincial minister Khalil Tahir to submit a reply in connection to this case.

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The court remarked that Christian women are enjoying up-to-date divorce laws. 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.

Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that constitution of Pakistan must be imposed in the country. He said that no law is greater than the constitution. He ensured that the viewpoints of all the stake holders will be considered before pronouncing judgment in this case. It was stated that the court is not seeking popularity of any particular viewpoint but a solid viewpoint in this regard. The court was adjourned till January 20, Friday.

The petitioner Ilayas Bhatti, a Christian had filed a petition seeking a change in the Christian Divorce Laws in the country. The defense counsel of the petitioner had maintained that Ilayas Bhatti wished to divorce his wife however; he does not wish to bring charges of adultery against her. He maintained that the petitioner wants to divorce his wife without humiliating her.