Pakistani Christian men are now able to honourably divorce their wives, without framing adultery charges, after the Lahore High Court restored law that was expunged by General Zia ul Haq.

On Monday Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah restored the law and declared the Zia-era ordinance null and void 35 years ago.

Petitioner Amin Masih, who wanted to divorce his wife but not on adultery charges, asked the court to restore the provision as he did not want to bring a  false allegation of adultery against his wife.

He argued the condition should be abolished for being unconstitutional and inhuman.

The court was also told that in the past many Christian men and women had changed their religion in order to divorce each other with dignity.