I have been asked to sign an affidavit confirming the factum of my son’s change of name.Why is this important?

An affidavit is written statement on oath made before person competent to receive it and for production in Court. Affidavits sworn within Pakistan must embody title of the suit, or other proceeding, and complete identification of deponent as to name, religion, age and residential address as e.g., the following.

The Deponent must be identified to the Commissioner of Oaths by an advocate or registered court clerk. An affidavit is sworn before the commissioner of oaths or first class magistrate in district court or commissioner for taking affidavits or deputy registrar in High Court.

Affidavits sworn abroad must be sworn before a notary public there and must then be legalized by Pakistan Embassy or Consulate as case may be.