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‘Pakistan men have to take permission before second marriage’

July 23, 2019

Pakistani men are required under the law to take the permission of their first wife before getting married again, a lawyer told the Peshawar High Court during a hearing on Tuesday. 

A woman had approached the court and said that her husband has married another woman without seeking her permission.

Justice Ikramullah Khan asked that which book says that a man has to take the permission of his wife. The lawyer told him that the new law states that a man cannot get married without permission.

Related: Lahore man gets 11 months in jail for second marriage

Section 6(5) of the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961 states that a man is required to submit written permission from his first wife if he wishes to marry another woman. If a man is found guilty of violating the law, then he may be imprisoned for a year.

The court then ordered the woman’s husband to submit his reply in the case and adjourned the hearing.


On July 15, a Lahore court sentenced a man to 11 months in prison for getting married for the second time without the permission of his first wife. A fine of Rs250,000 has been imposed on him too. The court said that his prison sentence will be extending by four months if he fails to submit the said amount.

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    Umar   July 31, 2019 12:45 pm/ Reply

    AOA, where can we get this document

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