SC issues order in case of girl seeking ‘Pakistan’ as her surname
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday, while hearing a case of a teenage girl who sought emancipation from her father, directed the man to pay expenses he owed to his daughter.
The girl, identified as Tatheer Fatima, had filed a petition and requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, to remove her father’s name from her birth certificate and all of her educational degrees and other documents.
Tatheer wanted her last name removed and changed to ‘Tatheer Fatima bint-ePakistan’ instead.
“The name of the man, who does not deserve to be called a father, who does not provide for me, who I haven’t even met since childhood, should not be associated with mine,” the girl had said in her petition.
The chief justice upon hearing the petitioner’s case had ordered the director-general of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to present the girl’s father in the court.
In today’s hearing, the chief justice directed the father to pay the financial expenses he owed to her. “You will have to remedy this,” the top judge told her father, “The expenses for all the years that have passed will be recovered from you…” he added.