Pak court allows woman to marry her fiance on death row

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court has accepted Laiba Saher's plea to be allowed to marry her fiance, Muhammad Attique, who was given the death sentence and is incarcerated in Kot Lakhpat jail.

However, the judge did not allow Saher to take a wedding band inside the jail.
He directed the prison's superintendent to arrange for a 'nikha khwan' (marriage registrar) to conduct the wedding. Saher was engaged to Attique in her childhood.
She told the judge that she wanted to marry Attique but the jail authorities were not allowing her to do so.

She said it was her fundamental right to get married and her fiance too her fiancé could not be deprived of this right despite being a prisoner.

The jail superintendent submitted a report that said Antique was a "hardened and desperate criminal" against whom more than 10 cases of heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom and murder were pending in different courts.
Pakistan's prison rules did not have any provision for arranging a prisoner's marriage inside a jail, the report said.

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