Eight people, including the president had approached the Jinnah hospital Lahore for adoption of the baby. – File Photo

LAHORE: Jinnah Hospital administration on Wednesday handed over a one-year-old abandoned girl to a couple without issue after refusing some seven other hopefuls, including President Asif Ali Zardari, who wanted the baby for his sister MNA Faryal Talpur.

Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram handed over the baby girl, named Fatima by hospital doctors, to Mr Iqbal and his wife Ayesha in a ceremony organised at the college auditorium.

Scores of senior doctors, nurses and paramedics were also present on the occasion.

Ailing Fatima was left by an unknown woman at the hospital a couple of weeks ago.

Eight people, including President Asif Ali Zardari, had approached the hospital administration for adoption of the baby.

President Zardari had applied for adoption via Pakistan Baita-ul-Mal through a letter dated January 25, addressed to Medical Superintendent Dr Afzal Shaheen, stating, “The President of Pakistan has been pleased to direct that subject girl child may be handed over to Mrs Faryal Talpur, Member National Assembly, and sister of the President.”

The hospital committee constituted for the purpose, however, turned down the president’s request along with those made by seven other hopefuls.

The committee handed over the newborn to the Cavalry Ground couple on the condition that she would be given a share in the family’s property.

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Joe King
Feb 02, 2012 11:32am
It is not a Presidential prerogative to handover a baby to someone who has not shown personal interest! The couple who got the baby showed love and wanted the baby so the baby won loving caring foster parents. Jinnah Hospital MS and team made a great decision!!
Ahmad
Feb 02, 2012 12:17pm
Thank God. One less Zardari.The baby is good hands. Good luck to mummy and abba mian.
Anna
Feb 02, 2012 01:36pm
The hospital management has made a wise decision in demanding that the parents of the adopted baby girl are required to legally give the girl a share of their property. This will secure the girl's future, and will underline that girls should also have a right to the share of their parents' property. And, loving parents will certainly take care of the baby girl's education. That is foremost. Good luck for the happy parents!
Taimur
Feb 02, 2012 01:33pm
Thanks Jinnah Hospital MS and team, I am sure you guys made a best decision for the future of this baby. After reading this news, I am hopeful from this country, that atleast there are some people still left who can stand to the right decisions.
shafi
Feb 02, 2012 01:47pm
Well done Jinnah Hospital. Congratulations to the hospital administration and the the new parents of the baby.
naeem majid
Feb 02, 2012 03:40pm
Fantastic decsion by the Hospital. At long last someone says no to Zardrai. The baby may not now have a lavish up bringing but at least she will be away from the corrupt Zardari.
Sarah
Feb 02, 2012 04:04pm
So was it a one year old girl or a newborn? The action is very commendable; however, the quality of the writing is awful.
Zohaib Syed
Feb 02, 2012 06:07pm
I congratulate to the parents & goodlucks for the baby.
Shahid
Feb 02, 2012 06:27pm
ALLAH did best for the baby. It was nice to have 7 hopeful families for this baby girl. Iqbal & Ayesha of Cavalry Ground, may ALLAH BLESS you all and the baby in the family and may give you courage, patience, love and large heart to be great parents.
Rizwan.S.Mahesar
Feb 02, 2012 08:01pm
That's wondrful dcison taken by Hospital management..& i shld cmplyng tht this cute angle child 'll gve Presidnt's sis!it 'll b much bttr 4 litle angle baby..wish U gud luck frm my core heart,& pryng 4 u baby!!
Qasim
Feb 02, 2012 08:28pm
"The committee handed over the newborn to the Cavalry Ground couple on the condition that she would be given a share in the family’s property." <- Isn't this condition in direct conflict with Quran? Will the baby grow up and not get anything because the law in Quran is superior in the court of law?
Pro Bono Publico
Feb 02, 2012 08:43pm
Imposition of such terms certainly violate the guidance given in the Quran. But certainly, owners of assets are free to give to any they feel fit but again within the boundaries set by the Quran.
Pro Bono Publico
Feb 02, 2012 08:51pm
Sarah, you are right on target about the atrocious writing. Perhaps, we need a temporary closure of all "English"-language media and retrain the "journalists".
Waqar
Feb 02, 2012 08:55pm
I love the title.....Jinnah prefers Iqbal to zardari! says it all :)
Rasikh
Feb 02, 2012 09:12pm
If there is an agreement between two parties then its totally abiding for all parties breaking that will be against the Quran too.
New hope
Feb 02, 2012 09:12pm
This stand by the management is un-heard in the country and gives me new confidence that all is not lost in Pakistan. Sincere good wishes for the baby and the lucky parents!!
munir
Feb 02, 2012 09:35pm
great job done by the team at Allama Iqbal Medical college...
Nauman
Feb 02, 2012 11:48pm
I think you misread the sentence. It says that the condition was set that the baby 'will' get a share of property which is not in conflict with the laws set in Islam.
Agha Ata
Feb 03, 2012 03:48am
Jinnah will always prefer Iqbal!
Manikant Karia
Feb 03, 2012 05:30am
Truly Democratic and bold decision Congrations. May the little girl get the love and affection
S.Rahman
Feb 03, 2012 12:17pm
According to islam one can give 1/3 of the property wherever they want too but the rest of the property should/must be distributed according to Quran.
Khalid
Feb 03, 2012 01:28pm
One must admit that Zardari is the most democratic president. The presidency does not react to any criticsim be it right or wrong. I wonder what would have happened to the doctors if they had said no to military dictators or the highest rankings intelligence officers.
Atif
Feb 03, 2012 02:28pm
Wonderfully said. Though I've never been a pro-Zardari person, but I've always liked the way he has played his role as President.
manzoor ahmed
Feb 03, 2012 03:22pm
Absolutely correct.