Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has directed to increase the time limit of marriage halls across Lahore, a private media outlet reported Friday.
According to reports, the chief justice during the hearing of a case asked lord mayor as to why did he not extend the limit by an hour.
“Marriage halls are allowed to host wedding functions from 8 to 10 pm. Well-attired women spend so much time getting ready and later remain stuck in traffic during these peak hours. Upon reaching the venue they find the hall management switching off the lights,” the top judge remarked.
He then told the mayor to look into the matter and extend the limit by changing it to 9 to 11 pm instead.
After being informed that the authority in this regard lied with the deputy commissioner, who was also present on the occasion, Justice Nisar told him to do the same.
It merits a mention here that the time limit for marriage functions was set during the previous Shehbaz Sharif-led provincial administration.
The Punjab government has been clamping down marriage functions violating the ban regarding time limit described in the standing orders issued by the then chief minister.
The district administration has become rather infamous for raiding marriage halls that remain open later than 10 pm and arresting the management as well as the groom and his father.