NADRA starts registration of orphans – Last Date 30 November 2012
Now children without known parentage gets fundamental right to be citizens of Pakistan
Islamabad (November 10, 2012) – National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has started the process to register orphans and sought the requisite information from orphanages not later than November 30, an official said on Friday.
The official said the authority had held extensive consultation with religious scholars in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan, including the Council of Islamic Ideology.
Subsequently, the authority was all set to commence the process of bringing enhancement in the software application to automating the data-capturing process of orphans, she said.
Prior to the registration of orphans, all orphanages of the country are to be registered with Nadra.
She said the orphanages had already been asked to comply with the requirement that called for the provision of completely filled out registration form, a copy of the CNIC of the head of an orphanage, the registration document issued by the federal/provincial registration authority and all records of children held by orphanages.
The parentage of socially destitute children was a longstanding initiative of Nadra, which had eventually seen a prospect of success in naming the parents of unknown parentage of orphans across the country, said Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik.
He said his organisation had adopted a proactive approach to helping to sort out the issue having widespread social and religious implications. The authority had shown its unflinching commitment both at policy and technical levels since 2006 when the issue of identification of such children surfaced, he said.
Now, Malik said, children without known parentage would have the fundamental right to be citizens of Pakistan and get an identity under Section 9 of the Nadra Ordinance 2000. The fundamental rights, however, were not accorded to children with unknown parentage, he noted.
“With the completion of the registration process of orphanages, no individual (orphan) can be deprived of his fundamental rights as ensured in the Constitution of the country. These rights include equality of status, opportunity and before law, social, economic and political justice and freedom of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship and association subject to the law and public morality.”