ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel in Pakistan yesterday took up a proposed bill to regulate marriages in the Hindu community, and after getting the nod from the community, it has been sent for “more comprehensive drafting”.
The proposed legislation, Hindu Marriage Act, was moved by two Hindu members of the National Assembly, Dr Darshan of the PML-N and Ramesh Lal of the PPP. The National Assembly had referred the bill to its Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights, which took up the matter yesterday.
Dr Darshan said after the meeting that the bill addresses the two main and long-standing issues of marriage registration and separation of couples. A similar bill is pending before the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
60 people held in Khyber area
Islamabad: Pakistan security authorities arrested 60 people in northwest Pakistan last night.
Security sources said police, army and intelligence personnel conducted a joint operation at Noshahr in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan and arrested the suspects.
They explained that the arrested persons, who reside near Rasalpur Air Base in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, were arrested because they were not carrying identity cards.
The sources added that the operation came in the wake of recent attacks on airports in Karachi and Peshawar.