KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday was informed that a revised summary regarding adopted and abandoned children has been sent to Sindh chief minister for approval, which is expected to be signed within 10 days.
A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar directed the provincial law officer to submit a statement along with details regarding the summary on next date of hearing. The bench was hearing constitutional petition seeking inclusion of a column for guardians of abandoned children in computerised national identity cards.
Shakeel Ahmed, managing secretary social welfare department, told the two-judge bench that earlier a summary sent to chief minister for his consent was returned by him with queries. However, a revised summary has been sent to him, which was expected to be approved within 10 days.
The petitioner, Ayesha Jalil, who is the guardian of an abandoned girl, had submitted that Nadra had not included any column to indicate the guardian of an abandoned child, whom, she said, was an omission on the part of the authority.
She said the failure to provide a column to indicate the guardian of an abandoned child was contrary to articles 4, 14 and 25 of the constitution as well as against the Guardian and Ward Act, and that the omission was also detrimental to the reputation of such a child.
She asked the court to ensure that all forms and documents maintained by Nadra should have the option of indicating the guardianship of children.
The court was informed that the summary with regard to adopted and abandoned children was in pending with Sindh chief minister since April 5, 2012, but it has not yet been notified. Earlier, the court ordered the law secretary to draw the attention of Sindh chief minister towards the summary.