Canada’s ban on Pakistani adoptions baffles parents, clerics
After decades of welcoming adopted children from Pakistan, Canada abruptly halted them in July. Critics say Ottawa misunderstands Islamic guardianship law.
NICHOLAS KEUNG / Toronto Star
Shafiq Rehman and his wife started the adoption process in 2011. A week after they got an approval letter this June from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services confirming them as suitable candidates, Ottawa announced it’d stop accepting adoptions from Pakistan as of July 2.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Mon Aug 05 2013
Canada has stopped adoptions from Pakistan, citing a conflict with the Islamic law over adoption and guardianship.
The abrupt move, which took effect in July, has left Canadian adoptive parents heartsick and religious leaders baffled.
“I was shocked, upset and depressed,” says GTA resident Shafiq Rehman, who had been hoping with his wife to adopt a child from Pakistan.read more