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Pakistan high court upholds ban on wedding food

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled Friday against a recent government decision to allow newlyweds in the province of Punjab to serve food to wedding guests. The court held that the original ban against food service, imposed by the provincial government in 1997, should remain in force to discourage public displays of wealth. The three-judge bench, heading by Chief Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui, stated that the ban reinforces the Islamic emphasis on living a simple life and takes pressure off lower income groups. The court also deplored the practice of dowry and the lively customs of South Asian weddings as "social evils." BBC News has more.

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