2017-03-10

National Assembly discusses military courts' extension, passes Hindu marriage bill

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Two bills seeking an extension of military courts were tabled in Pakistan's National Assembly Friday (March 10), reported SAMAA.

The bills would amend the 28th Amendment of the constitution to permit continued operation of military courts. Their two-year mandate expired in January.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly Thursday (March 9) approved a bill enabling the Hindu minority more legal protection for its marriages.

The bill would enable Hindus to register marriages and marital separations in court. The bill requires presidential approval to become law; the Senate already has approved a similar bill.

If it becomes law, the bill would allow Hindus to re-marry after divorce or after a spouse's death.

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