Guardians act: Report sought from district judge

Published: February 4, 2012
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" The harsh visiting
timetable is leading
to deteriorating the
bonds between the
parents and the
children,"
Petitioner.

" The harsh visiting timetable is leading to deteriorating the bonds between the parents and the children," Petitioner.

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Shaikh Azmat Saeed on Friday appointed Advocates Asma Jahangir and Shahzad Shaukat as amicus curie to assist the court on a petition seeking reforms in Guardian and Ward Act.

The CJ also sought a report from District and Sessions Judge Mujahid Mustaqeem Ahmed by March 8, the next date for hearing.

The petition was filed by Tariq Nawaz, chairperson of My Foundation, an organisation set up by non custodial parents. The petitioner, who had been pleading his case in person, said that non custodial parents were allowed to meet their children only once or twice a month for no more than two hours and mostly on court premises.

He said the ‘harsh visiting timetable’ was leading to deteriorating the bonds between the parents and the children.

He said frequently parent who had been granted custody of a child used the flawed system to effect a “judicial abduction” of the child.

The petitioner said that the litigation, particularly that under the Guardians Act was a nightmare. Fighting child custody litigation, he said, was a cumbersome, slow and nerve wrecking procedure that on average took five to seven years.

He said that most of the procedures and precedence adopted by guardian courts favoured the custodian parent. He said these procedures were often manipulated and used by the custodian party to make it extremely difficult for the non-custodial parent to meet the child.

The petitioner said that the guardian courts were very stringent when it came to the visitation rights of a non-custodial parent.

He requested the court to protect the rights of children from broken families by making visitation schedules more reasonable.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2012.

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  • Yaseen Ahmed
    Feb 21, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Its a very significant effort and a very valid issue raised by the team. I must share my observation with the honorable court and the readers. Having my children with her; my ex-wife launched a case of Maintenance in which she falsely stated my income and showed me a very wealthy person so that they can have a very heavy amount in terms of maintenance of my children. Basically, they are least interested in spending my money on my children; they want to run their own house with my money. So, if I want to brought-up my children; I should have that right to get them as I have no trust on my ex-inlaws b/c they are liars and cheaters.

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