22-years-old girl Tadheer fatima is seeking removal of her father’s name from identity papers

ISLAMABAD: Senior counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan on Tuesday recommended it was not essential to show the title of the daddy on the identification paperwork offered such info was accessible within the official information and databases.

“Within the current age, identification paperwork and databases are computerised and CNICs issued by Nadra [National Database and Registration Authority] include microchips,” the counsel defined, including that the passports issued by the DG Passports had been additionally machine-readable.

“Individuals are recognized by means of thumb impressions, facial recognition expertise and retina scans in any respect main airports in Pakistan and overseas,” mentioned Mr Khan, who was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court docket within the uncommon case of a 22-year-old woman in search of elimination of her father’s title from the parentage column of her passport and identification paperwork as a result of he deserted her in childhood.

Court docket refers matter of a 22-year-old woman in search of elimination of her father’s title from papers to inside ministry

In her petition, Tatheer Fatima claimed that her father performed no function in her life since her start and that she was raised by her mom Fehmida Butt as a single guardian. She had requested the apex court docket to order her registration as a citizen of Pakistan with out her father’s title showing in any official report or identification paperwork. She had additionally sought a directive for Nadra and the director basic of Immigration and Passports to subject the CNIC and passport with out her father’s title on them.

A 3-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, after listening to Makhdoom Ali Khan, referred the matter to the inside ministry for locating an answer to the problem.

On the request of the woman’s mom, the court docket additionally restrained Mohammad Shahid Ayub, the daddy, from issuing any assertion to the press in view of the sensitivity of the matter that would trigger embarrassment to Tatheer.

Born on Aug 14, 1996, the woman had utilized for CNIC on Aug 14, 2014, however the request was turned down by Nadra on the grounds that she didn’t present the requisite particulars equivalent to her father’s title. And since Tatheer’s father had additionally not included her title within the household tree with Nadra, her title couldn’t be traced within the authority’s database.

The synopsis of the amicus curiae recommended that solely the identification kinds prescribed underneath the principles must be modified if the requirement to show the daddy’s title on the paperwork was to be eliminated. In any other case, numerous amendments to the statutory provisions and guidelines need to be made to eradicate the requirement of together with father’s title within the official paperwork of an individual.

In the USA, the UK, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Canada, Kenya, the UAE and lots of different nations, the title of the daddy shouldn’t be displayed on the passports of residents, the synopsis mentioned, including that within the UAE, the title of the daddy was additionally not displayed on the driving licence.

“There are a lot of examples the place identification paperwork don’t show the knowledge collected by the authorities,” the synopsis mentioned, including that when an individual submitted an software for issuance of a visa to the US, an in depth kind needed to be submitted. The shape accommodates info regarding the applicant’s mother and father, his/her schooling, marital standing, journey historical past and even particulars of the buddies or household within the US. Whereas this info is collected, it isn’t displayed on the visa issued by the US Consulate as a result of as quickly because the visa is scanned on the immigration desk, all info offered by the individual turns into accessible to the immigration officer.

“Article 35 of the Structure imposes an obligation on the state to guard the wedding, the household, the mom and the kid,” the synopsis mentioned.

Printed in Daybreak, October 24th, 2018

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