Pakistan Council of Islamic Ideology has once again endorsed its previous ruling of early age marriages and called for repealing the marriage laws defining the minimum marriage age. The meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology was chaired by Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) also said that Muslim married men do not require permission from their wives before marrying again.
Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani while talking to reporters after the meeting said, “The primary responsibility of the council is the ‘Islamisation’ of the country’s laws and those opposing our decisions need to reconsider their position.”
Maulana Sheerani said that laws which define the minimum age to get married are not Islamic. He said that nikah can be performed at any age, however, the bride can only begin her marital life after reaching puberty.
Maulana Sheerani also told reporters that section 6 of the Muslim Marriage Law, 1961 was not in accordance with principles of Islam as it requires men to seek permission from their wives before marrying another woman.
The Council members criticized Sind government legislation defining the minimum age for marriage.
According to some reports in media, some members of the Council opposed the decision. However, chairman has the powers to overrule others opinions being the final decision making authority. The decisions of the Council provide the guiding principles for the parliament while framing the policy matters in Pakistan.