SC is­sues or­der in case of girl seek­ing ‘Pak­istan’ as her sur­name

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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.

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