Increasing Girls Minimum Marriageable Age ‘Un-Islamic’: Pak

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Islamabad: Pakistani lawmakers have unanimously rejected a bill aimed at increasing the minimum age for marriage of a girl from 16 to 18 years, terming the proposed amendment as “un-Islamic”.

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Religious Affairs met on Thursday and discussed the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by lawmaker Kishwer Zehra.

The proposed amendment to increase the age was not only opposed by Muslim lawmakers but also Hindu and Christian parliamentarians, The Express Tribune reported.