ISLAMABAD – Hearing a suo moto case regarding the problems faced by Hindu women in obtaining the Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs), the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to sort out permanent solution regarding the issue as it is the matter of three millions Pakistani Hindus.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard suo moto case on media reports, which highlighted problems faced by a Hindu woman, Pram Sari Mai, a resident of Rahim Yar Khan. She failed to get a passport to visit India even after paying a huge fee.

During the hearing, Attorney General for Pakistan told the bench that NADRA had issued a new circular regarding the issuance of CNICs to the Hindu female through a simple affidavit.

Upon this, the CJP observed that it was a temporary solution as chairman NADRA had authority to amend the law regarding the matter. He further said that the government should be consulted, if needed.

The court directed the NADRA to sort out the issue permanently and submit the report in this regard on April 23.

Earlier, in the last date of hearing, the court had expressed dissatisfaction over miseries of the Hindu community regarding the verification of their marital status.

“How can we satisfy three million Pakistanis (Hindu community) as they have equal rights as you have,” the CJP asked a NADRA official. He said that the court was bound to protect the rights of minorities under Article 36 of the constitution.