Government Has Now Modified Passport Policy for Married And Divorced Women

May 25, 2024Zayn0

Mustafa Jamal Kazi, the director general of immigration and passports, addressed the directorate’s position on Thursday over the disparity between the policies of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the authority that issues passports for married women. Here are the details.

Reasons Of the Modification

The issue concerns the requirement that a “married woman’s” passport have her husband’s name on it rather than her father’s. This change has sparked concerns about the policy’s discriminatory nature against women as well as inconsistencies between the policies of two government organizations that hold national citizen data.

According to Lahore High Court

The subject of concern for women who wish to keep their father’s name on their identification documents, whether they are married or not, came to light when Khadija Bukhari, an attorney and petitioner in the case being heard at the Lahore High Court, discussed it.

Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)

Bukhari claimed that because she decided to keep her father’s name on her Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) and to indicate her marital status, she had no problems having it updated with Nadra after being married.

Subjudice Case

The personnel at the authority informed her that she needed to renew her passport using the same process and that she also needed to get a new CNIC before getting her passport renewed.

 

The topic brought up by Bukhari sparked a discussion about how government institutions discriminate against women because, even in the event of a divorce, the woman’s identity remains inextricably linked to her ex-husband, against her will.   Though he called the case subjudice, Kazi refrained from commenting on it at the time and addressed the dispute thereafter.

DG Passport Reporting

“Usually, women encounter problems when they travel with their children and their passports are created in their father’s name. If the children’s father is not travelling with them, it becomes more challenging to ascertain their biological tie, according to the DG Passport.

Conclusion

Mohsin Naqvi ordered those proposals be made with married women’s ease and convenience in mind. He also mentioned that the ministry is trying to find a quick fix by the laws and regulations.

 

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