In a significant development, the Peshawar High Court has directed the issuance of Pakistani Origin Cards (POCs) to 109 Afghan nationals who are married to Pakistani citizens. The decision was made during a hearing presided over by Justice Arshad Ali and Justice Waqar Ahmed.
The case was brought before the court by Saifullah Mahboob Kakakhel, the advocate representing the applicants. The counsel informed the court that individuals holding POCs have the right to enjoy all privileges and rights similar to Pakistani citizens, though they are required to possess a passport and are eligible to vote.
The advocate emphasized that Afghan nationals married to Pakistani citizens should not be denied the issuance of POCs, as their legal rights and status are comparable to those of Pakistani citizens. He argued that refusing POCs to Afghan spouses contravenes the law and is against the principles of justice.
The court, recognizing the validity of the arguments presented, accepted the applications of 109 Afghan nationals seeking POCs. The judges ruled in favor of issuing Pakistani Origin Cards to these individuals, granting them legal recognition and rights akin to Pakistani citizens.
The issuance of POCs to Afghan spouses aligns with the principles of justice and equality, ensuring that individuals who have entered into marriages with Pakistani citizens are not unfairly deprived of their legal rights. This decision by the Peshawar High Court reflects a commitment to upholding the rule of law and treating all residents, regardless of their nationality, with fairness and justice.
It is important to note that the decision contributes to fostering goodwill and strengthening ties between the Afghan and Pakistani communities. By recognizing the legal rights of Afghan spouses through the issuance of POCs, the court promotes inclusivity and equality, reinforcing the values of a just and compassionate society.