Islamabad, Feb 23: 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 party (JUI-F), and a Member of National Assembly (MNA) from Balochistan province of Pakistan. The local police have launched the probe after receiving a complaint from an NGO working for the welfare of women in Chitral town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The 14-year-old girl was a student of the Government Girls High School, Jughoor, where her date of birth had been recorded as of Oct 28, 2006, which proved that she had not attained the age of marriage. Whereas, Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, the Member of the National Assembly is in his late 50s. Chitral police station SHO Inspector Sajjad Ahmed has said that a few days ago on the complaint of the organization, the police had reached the girl’s home, but her father had denied the girl’s marriage and had even given an affidavit to that effect.
The marriage of the teenage girl with the Pakistan MP, who is four times her age, comes despite the country's law, which does not allow marriages of girls below the age of 16 and also recommends punishment for parents, if they willfully do it. Reports suggest that the lawmaker has only solemnized the Nikkah with the 14 year old, while a proper marriage ceremony is yet to be held. While the Lower Chitral DPO has said that the girl's father has assured the authorities that he will not send his daughter until she is 16-years-old.
Balochistan provides an apt example of how Pakistan has failed to accommodate the socio-cultural, political, and economic aspirations and grievances of the Baloch people. In Balochistan, human rights violations have become the norm. Pakistan and its security agencies have habitually trampled on the human rights of the Baloch people in the name of security and territorial integrity. The Pakistan state has been extremely sensitive to all expressions of ethnic autonomy and resistance.