Strongly advocating monogamy (single marriage) or state of being married to one woman, Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Dr Tahirul Qadri says bigamy is banned in his home as well as party.
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“I have ordered my sons to refrain form bigamy (two marriages).
These directives also apply on my followers –leaders and workers alike”, said he in a late night address to his cohorts staging an anti-government sit-in outside the building of Pakistan’s legislative assembly here. The reformist cleric told his workers that his sons would not be allowed to stay with him if they want to have two wives.
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“I have told my sons that in the event of bigamy the doors of my house will close on them forever”, Dr Qadri said. He said though religion of Islam allows every Muslim to keep as many as four wives but in his opinion one could be better off by not having more than one
“I have not seen many a polygamist leading a really blissful matrimonial life especially in Pakistan and India and countries which are culturally close to these two”, Dr Qadri explained. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in capital Islamabad since August 15. Last week he took his protest to Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and on Sunday he addressed thousands of people in his home town and Pakistan’s second largest city — Lahore, which is also the home town of Sharif. Khan and Qadri claim the 2013 elections were massively rigged, local and foreign observers said the polls were credible.
Their followers clashed with police in late August after they tried to storm the prime minister’s residence, leaving three demonstrators dead and hundreds injured on both sides.
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On September 1, the opposition groups briefly occupied the state broadcaster but the movement has since lost momentum. Analysts believe the protests have been coordinated by the powerful army as a means of re-asserting its dominance over civilian authorities. -SAMAA