SC declares unclaimed children state’s responsibility

NADRA devised a policy to put supposed name in column specified for parents of unclaimed children

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court has ordered the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and chief secretaries of all four provinces to implement the policy of mentioning supposed names in the column of parents in respect of unclaimed children.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has remarked that the state comes into being with the people. “Unclaimed children are responsibility of state too. Matter with us is registration of unclaimed children. Whose name be recorded in the parents column of the unclaimed children because we cannot record the name of custodian in this column,” he said.

A three-member bench presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing on Thursday. Amicus curiae Advocate Tariq Mehmood took the plea that unclaimed child be not punished so much. “What is his fault? Has he come in this world on his own will? Name of maternal or paternal uncle can be written in the column of custodian. Therefore, a column of custodian be also carved out on NADRA form alongwith father’s column.”

Afnan Karim Kundi – counsel for NADRA – took the plea that name of maternal or paternal uncle cannot be written in the column of parents of the unclaimed children. “Policy be evolved for registration of unclaimed children. A policy has been devised under NADRA that any supposed name will be written in the column specified for parents of unclaimed children. Implementation process of this policy has been started,” he said.

The court disposed of the petition by ordering for implementation of the policy.

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