Section 31. Voluntary registration of Muslim marriages previously solemnized under any law

(1) Notwithstanding section 5 and 29, the parties to any marriage according to Islamic Law solemnized under any law prior to or after the appointed date may, if the marriage has not been registered, apply at any time to a Registrar in the prescribed form for the registration of the marriage.

(2) The Registrar may require the parties to the marriage to appear before him and to produce such evidence of the marriage, either oral or documentary, and to furnish such other particulars as may be required by him.

(3) The Registrar may, on being satisfied of the truth of the statements contained in the application, register the marriage by entering the particulars thereof in the Register of Marriages prescribed for this purpose.

(4) The entry of the marriage in the Register of Marriages shall be signed by the Registrar making the entry and the both parties to the marriage, if available, or, otherwise, by whichever party who appears before the Registrar.

(5) Upon the registration of the marriage, a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Marriages signed by the Registrar and sealed with his seal of office shall be delivered or sent to the husband and another copy to the wife and a third shall be sent to the Chief Registrar.

(6) The Registrar shall not register a marriage under this section if he is satisfied that the marriage is void under this Ordinance.

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