LAHORE  - The Lahore High Court has been moved for bringing in amendments to Christian Divorce Act 1969.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah directed the petitioner, Ameen Masih, a resident of Lahore, to come up with more details on the next date of hearing. According to the Christian Divorce Act 1869, a Christian can divorce his wife only on the charges of adultery, the court heard. Ameen said the section 10 should be declared ultra vires. In states like the UK and the US, a Christian can also move a court for divorce on the ground of unreasonable behaviour. He said filing a divorce before the courts on behalf of Christian husband just on one ground of adultery brings shame to both.  Ameen’s plea for divorce has been pending with a family court.

Separately, a petitioner challenged the increase in price of sugar. Muhammad Azhar Siddique told the court that the sugar mafia had created artificial shortage to mint money.  He made a request to the court to summon past five year record of sugar and its prices as well as set aside the recent decision of increase in sugar price.

Indian film screen case

The Lahore High Court on Thursday appointed two senior lawyers as amicus curies in a case against screening Indian films in Pakistan.

Local producers and directors filed the petition against screening exhibition of Indian films in the country. The petitioners submitted that smuggled Indian movies were being screened in local cinemas that caused loss to national exchequer.

They argued that the local film industry had also been destroyed. The petitioners said that the screening of Indian films was promoting Indian culture in the country which was against the ideology of Pakistan. They prayed to the court to restrain the film board from issuing NOCs to Indian movies.

After hearing the arguments of petitioners, the court appointed two lawyers Abdul Hafeez Pirzada and Salman Akram Raja as amicus curies to assist the court in the case.