Federal Shariat Court takes notice of child marriages in Balochistan.

ISLAMABAD -- The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) while taking suo motu notice of the forced marriage of a six-year-old girl in Balochistan on Monday sought a report from the provincial government.

An FSC bench comprising Chief Justice Dr Syed Mohammad Anwer and Justice Khadim Hussain M. Shaikh took up an application regarding the forced child marriage.

When the law officer of Balochistan submitted a report regarding the incident, he was asked about the steps being taken by the provincial legislature to prevent child marriage and as well as the forced marriage.

He submitted a partial report of the Khuzdar police and social welfare department of Balochistan and expressed his ignorance of the current status of the draft law concerning the child marriages.

Seeks detailed report on legislation passed to prevent such cases

The court directed the law officer to submit a detailed report regarding such legislation and the draft for such legislation on or before next date of hearing.

Further hearing on the matter was later adjourned till Nov 28.

In another petition, the FSC dismissed the petition against House Building Finance Corporation Act.

The petition challenged Sections 28, 29 and 30 of the House Building Finance Corporation Act 1952 for being repugnant to the injunctions of Islam.

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