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Legal Age for Marriage in Pakistan:

Legal Age for Marriage

According to the Constitution of Pakistan and the Muslim Family Law, every citizen has the right to choose a life partner and to get married according to his/her choice. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) 1929, the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) decided in October, 2021 that the minimum age limit for a girl’s marriage is 16 years. A News article published in Dawn with the title of:

‘Setting minimum age for marriage is not against Islam, said the Federal Shariat Court (FSC)’. A three-judge FSC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Noor Meskan­zai, had taken up the petition moved by Farooq Omar Bhoja challenging Sections 4, 5, 6 of the CMRA.

In the 10-page verdict, the FSC held that the sections in which the minimum age limit as prescribed by the act for both girls and boys for marriage was not un-Islamic”. 

As per the law, a 16 years old girl or above and an 18 years old boy are able to contract marriage as per their own will. Court marriage can be arranged by Right Law Associates in Karachi, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi.

In Pakistan, when a male is 18 and a female is 16 years old, both can enter into a married relationship of their own free will and consent. The law of Pakistan guarantees such marriages both liberty and protection. According to Pakistani laws, court marriage is legal and valid, and it is accepted and recognized worldwide. 

Male and female applicants for marriage need to provide copies of their national identification cards, B-form, passports, or other documents as proof that they have reached the required age for marriage (18 years for boys and 16 years for girls). For those who lack documentary proof of their age, they must swear an affidavit that they have attained the age of majority/puberty.

By submitting an affidavit of “Free Will” to the judicial officer or oath commissioner, a girl must declare that she is sui juris and intends to marry a man of her own choice.

After a review of the required documentation, the Nikah/Marriage will be performed and registered at the local union council. The Nikah Registrar will prepare and issue Nikah Nama and the Secretary of Union Council will issue a Computerized Marriage Certificate. All the procedure of court marriage is carried out by our responsible law firm, Right Law Associates.

For the protection of the life and family of any man or woman harassed before or after court marriage in Karachi and Islamabad, they can file writ petitions in the court of law. A person who is registered with any false FIR against a male or female can file a writ petition in the High Court to have those FIRs quashed.

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