Women now free to retain father’s name on CNIC after marriage: Nadra chairperson


The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has abolished its “unofficial policy” of binding women to take their husband’s name on their computerised national identity card (CNIC) after marriage, the authority’s chairperson Nadra Tariq Malik announced on Friday.

“We are breaking down this policy and women now have the authority to register themselves with their father’s or husband’s name,” Malik said while addressing the concluding session of the 14th Annual Rural Women Conference.

“It’s their choice and not of a man’s,” he added.


The Nadra chairperson said the practice of making women adopt their husband’s name on their CNICs after marriage was an “unofficial policy” made by those tasked with the implementation of policies.

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