LAHORE: The Punjab local government and community development department has issued updated Form-II of nikahnama and directed the union councils` secretaries to ensure provision of the marriage document to the nikah registrars for solemnising nikah in their respective jurisdictions.
A handout says the Form-II of nikahnama has been appended to the Punjab Muslim Family Rules under Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961, containing there the amendment regarding incorporation of oath of Khatam-e-Nabuwat (finality of prophethood) with a direction to ensure that the only updated document should be used to solemnise the nikah.
It says the nikah registrars have been directed to use the updated Form-II to solemnise the nikah, failing which strict disciplinary action shall be taken against the UC secretary concerned.
If a nikah registrar isfound not using the updated Form-II, he shall be proceeded against under sub-rule (4) of Rule 7 of Punjab Muslim Family Rules under Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961, it warns.
Both the bride and the groom will be required to sign the oath of Khatame-Nabuwat at the time of solemnising nikah, it says.
The law states, `If any person to whom a licence has been granted under this rule contravenes any of the conditions of such license, he shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees or with both` The move to incorporate the oath of Khatam-eNabuwat in the nikahnama was initiated by Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi as speaker of the Punjab Assembly and the amendment was made through legislation.