It was decided on Thursday by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) that women can only claim inheritance during their lifetime, and that their offspring will have no rights in this regard once they pass away.
The judgement by the Supreme Court occurred in the course of a case brought by the children of a widow from Peshawar, who claimed a share of the inheritance of their maternal grandfather’s property.
The case was considered by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, which was presided over by Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The appeal filed by the woman’s children was denied by the court……
A decade earlier, in 1935, the grandfather of the children had given his land to his son, Abdul Rehman, while refusing to give his two daughters their full share of the family’s inheritance.
In 2004, the children filed a lawsuit against their grandfather, claiming they were entitled to a portion of his estate. Their case had been heard in civil court, but the verdict was appealed at the Peshawar High Court (PHC), which overturned the civil court’s decision.
As a result, today’s ruling by the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the PHC, with Justice Bandial stating that the law preserves women’s right to inheritance.