Chitral:

Pakistan police have launched an investigation into the marriage of a 14-year-old girl with Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), and a Member of National Assembly (MNA) from Balochistan.

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Citing regional media, Pak Observer has reported that the police have launched the probe immediately after getting a complaint from an NGO working for the welfare of girls in Chitral.

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

Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, the Member of the National Assembly is in his late 50s, according to Pakistan media.

Chitral police station SHO Inspector Sajjad Ahmed was quoted as saying that a handful of days ago on the complaint of the organisation, the police had reached the girl’s house, but her father had denied the girl’s marriage and had even provided an affidavit to this impact.

The marriage of the teenage girl with the Pakistan MP, who is 4 instances her age, comes in spite of the country’s law, which does not let marriages of girls beneath the age of 16 and also recommends punishment for parents if they wilfully do it.

According to Pak Observer, the lawmaker has only solemnized Nikkah with the girl even though a correct marriage ceremony is but to be held.

Meanwhile, the Lower Chitral DPO has mentioned that the girl’s father has assured the authorities that he will not send his daughter till she is 16-years-old.

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