Eight arrested, 10 on the run
Islamabad—A wider and more effective crackdown against officials of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) involved in issuing fake Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) to foreigners has been launched on the directives of the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
According to sources, the FIA, police and security agencies had been working for quite some time to break the network of such officials of the NADRA that has been issuing CNICs to foreigners and non-Pakistanis against hefty bribes. “NADRA will be purged of all such fraudulent elements that have been compromising security of the country by issuing fake identification cards,” a senior official of the NADRA said while quoting Ch Nisar. Our Interior Minister has time and again emphasized it is a very sensitive matter of national importance and no one how much influential he might be spared if found guilty, he further said
In this respect 18 officials have been booked, 8 are arrested while raids are being conducted to arrest the rest. Meanwhile, on the orders of the Interior Minister, certificates of appreciation and cash awards were distributed among those dedicated officials of the NADRA who pointed out fake CNICs and reported to their respective incharge. Chairman NADRA Usman Yousuf gave away certificates and cheques amounting from Rs10,000 to Rs80,000 among the NADRA officials. The cheque distribution ceremony took place at the NADRA Headquarters. Chairman NADRA also spoke high of those who pointed out foreigners possessing the Pakistani CNICs. The decision for countrywide crackdown is taken in the backdrop of the arrest of two NADRA staff members for issuing CNICs to foreigners.
The Authority was in constant contact with the FIA, providing them with the details of those found to be responsible for selling Pakistani citizenship documents to aliens. They said that some 18 Nadra employees were involved in issuing dozens of such CNICs each, and that even more culprits had been identified and their details shared with the FIA.
On the minister’s directives, the two officials: Mohammad Kamran and Rao Mohammad Wasim, were apprehended from Karachi and Islamabad, respectively, a statement issued by the interior ministry said. Both officials had been engaged in the dubious exercise of placing aliens in the family trees of genuine Pakistani citizens during the ongoing CNIC re-verification campaign. Kamran, a resident of Karachi, has been with Nadra since 2003, while Wasim, who hails from Rawalpindi, was recruited in 2004.
The minister had announced in May that the CNICs of 25 million families will be re-verified. The decision to re-verify was taken days after the disclosure that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour ostensibly held a fraudulently-issued Pakistani CNIC and passport.