According to sources, a member of the National Assembly (MNA) Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi married a 14-year old Chitrali girl.
MNA Ayubi was elected in the National Assembly from constituency NA-263 (Kila Abdullah) as a leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F).
What you should know
The police in northwestern Khyber Pahtunkhwa are investigating a complaint against Ayubi after it received an application from an NGO working for the welfare of the women in Chitral against the lawmaker.
In an application, Anjuman Dawat-o-Azeemat has requested the police to conduct an inquiry into whether the girl had attained the marriageable age, and if not, take action against all those responsible under the Prevention of Child Marriage Act.
The DAWN reported the girl was a student of Government Girls High School, Jughoor, where her date of birth had been recorded as Oct 28, 2006, which showed that she had not attained the age of marriage.
What do the authorities have to say?
According to the police, the girl’s Nikkah was solemnized out of Chitral and the matter was still under investigation.
Lower Chitral DPO Sonia Shimroz Khan said that the girl’s father had denied the girl’s marriage and had agreed in writing that he would ask the local police before a “proper marriage ceremony”.