Laws or ordinances that prohibit government employees from marrying foreign nationals in the province of Punjab [PAK42174.E]

According to the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP), the Government Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Rules, 1962, are currently enforced in Pakistan (LJCP 2 Dec. 2003). The rules apply to those individuals who are members of the All-Pakistan Service or who are permanently employed as civil servants with the central government (Pakistan 1962, Sec. 145). Section 146 of the Government Servants Rules states that

Marriage or promise of marriage with foreign national[s] (except Indian) to be considered 'Misconduct'.- Attention is invited to the Government Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Rules 1962, whereunder marriage or promise of marriage with foreign national except those of India, by any Government servant is not permitted and contravention of these rules is considered as misconduct rendering the Government servants found guilty, liable to be removed from service. Marriage or promise thereof with the citizens of India is possible only with prior permission of the Government (ibid., Sec. 146).

Moreover, the Rules repeatedly request ministerial and division heads of the government of Pakistan to disseminate the policy to their employees and to ensure its strict compliance (ibid., Sec. 146-148). For the complete Government Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Rules, 1962, please refer to the attached document.

No laws or ordinances that prohibit government employees from marrying foreign nationals specific to the province of Punjab could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References


Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP). 2 December 2003. Correspondence sent by a representative.

Pakistan. 1962. Government of Pakistan. Government Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Rules, 1962. Received from a representative of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan on 2 December 2003.

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Pakistan. 1962. Government of Pakistan. Government Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Rules, 1962. Received from a representative of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan on 2 December 2003.

Additional Sources Consulted


IRB Databases

While willing to assist, the High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa was unable to obtain the information from the home government within the time constraints of this request.

Internet sites, including:

Amnesty International

Dawn

Emory University: Islamic Family Law

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Human Rights Watch

Muslim Women's League

The Official Pakistani Portal

Pakistan Law Commission

World Law: Muslim Family Ordinance 1961

World News Connection