Pakistani MP marries 14-year-old girl, investigation ordered

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Pakistani police have opened an investigation into the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, head of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), and member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Balochistan.

According to a report by Dawn, the girl was a student at Government Girls High School in Jughoor, where her date of birth was recorded as October 28, 2006, which showed that she had not reached the age of marriage.

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Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, the member of the National Assembly is in his fifties, according to Pakistani media.

Citing local media, Pak Observer reported that the police launched the investigation after receiving a complaint from an NGO working for the welfare of women in Chitral.

The SHO inspector of the Chitral police station, Sajjad Ahmed, reportedly said that a few days ago, following a complaint from the organization, the police arrived at the girl’s home, but her father had denied the marriage of the girl. daughter and had even given an affidavit to this effect.

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Lower Chitral’s DPD said the girl’s father assured authorities he would not send his daughter until she was 16.

The teenager’s marriage to the Pakistani MP, who is four times her age, comes despite the country’s law, which does not allow marriages of girls under 16 and also recommends punishing parents if they do. do voluntarily.

According to Pak Observer, the lawmaker only celebrated Nikkah with the girl when a proper wedding ceremony has yet to take place.

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