Under an amendment to the West Pakistan Rules under the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961, couples in the country’s most populous region, Punjab, would have to take an oath to prove their belief in the finality of Prophethood (SAW) at the time of nikah.
According to reports in the local media, a meeting of the provincial cabinet, chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, approved an amendment to the West Pakistan Rules under the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961.
With the amendment, the groom and bride will be required to take an oath at the time of Nikah to testify to their belief in the finality of Prophethood (PBUH).
Some applauded the move, while others questioned the motives, claiming that the law and the Constitution contain relevant faith-related provisions and clauses.
Last year, provincial lawmakers from the PML-N and PML-Q filed a joint resolution calling for the Prophethood (SAW) finality clause to be included in marriage certificates to discourage Muslim-Qadiani marriages.