NADRA chairman resigns, cites personal reasons

Published: January 10, 2014

NADRA chairman Tariq Malik. PHOTO: ENEWS

ISLAMABAD: National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Tariq Malik resigned from his post on Friday, with the Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior Affairs Imtiaz Tajwar replacing him for now, according to Radio Pakistan.

Sources say Malik cited personal reasons behind his resignation.

Tajwar will hold the additional charge of NADRA chairman for the next few days till NADRA Board meets to select an interim Chairman.

A press release from the Ministry stated that the new full-time Chairman NADRA will be appointed on merit through an advertisement, as per the NADRA Ordinance, in the next few days.

Allegations

On December 31, after initiating a formal inquiry, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had summoned the NADRA chairman to file his reply about the irregularities discovered within NADRA but Malik did not appear before the inquiry committee.

“I am constrained to believe that the FIA’s inquiry is part of the smear and victimisation campaign which is a sequel to my sudden removal without following due process,” Malik had earlier said.

In a surprise move, the government had removed Malik on the night of December 3 and appointed a new chairman within hours. However, the IHC had reinstated him the next morning and suspended his termination orders.

The Nadra chairman had written in a letter to the Federal Interior Secretary rejecting allegations levelled against him by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The FIA had started probing about the interior ministry’s show-cause notice and charge-sheet prepared by the audit authorities.

Interior ministry, in the last week of December, had issued a four-page show-cause notice to Malik, levelling against him charges of concealing the facts, misuse of official powers and financial irregularities.

Malik had said the issue of his sacking was being heard in the Islamabad High Court, but the interior minister chose to level “baseless allegations” at a press conference.

Saga

The chairman’s sacking had come only days after an election tribunal asked NADRA to verify the thumb impressions of voters from the Lahore constituency NA-118, won by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Malik Riaz.

On December 12, Malik had insisted that no rules were violated upon his assumption of office, dismissing a government claim that his appointment was illegal.

He had also clarified that his appointment as member (of the authority) was not a promotion nor did it involve or entail any financial consequences since he did not draw any remuneration.

The Supreme Court had directed IHC on December 10 to settle the case in a month. Forwarding the government’s request challenging the reinstatement, the apex court had also ordered the IHC to make a decision regarding its stay order in 15 days.

The opposition parties had teamed up against the government over sacking as they built up their case that the move was aimed at concealing rigging in general elections.

The Express Tribune had also learnt that an audit team – on the wishes of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the interior minister – had prepared a 14-point charge-sheet against the NADRA chief.

Malik’s counsel had rejected government’s claims.

Reader Comments (38)

  • PTI
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Doesn’t surprise me, PML-N can go to any level !

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  • Qasim
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:22PM

    This govt are crossing all its limits. It is indeed sad the hard working professionals are not allowed to work.

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  • AJ
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:23PM

    Why can’t such people prove another Iftikhar Chaudry for the sitting government? Apparently it is a political dirty game won by the PMLN gov’t. What message is it sending to other efficient gov’t employees?

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  • Zain
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:23PM

    Shame on PMLN

    & shame on the judges who failed to protect him

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  • fawad
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:31PM

    Good bye transparent elections and neutral impires.

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  • YP Mississauga
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:02PM

    PML(N) never learns from their past mistakes. They want to govern by bullying in the name of democracy.

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  • Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:09PM

    my friends you are watching the crazy demos of democrazy, unfortunately we are dying to adopt a system which will be trashed very soon

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:09PM

    PPP’s man is ultimately gone back to Canada.
    Now Rahman Malik has to go back to UK.Recommend

  • Junaid Noor
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:24PM

    This govt are crossing all its limits. It is indeed sad the hard working professionals are not allowed to work.

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  • Hassan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:35PM

    Dirty tactics of PML(N)

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  • Amin
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:38PM

    Actually the govt created a seven member board for NADRA and transferred all powers to it thereby rendering the chairman just a figurehead. PML-N gunda gardi at its best. These politicians never tolerate professionalism, only servitude.

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  • muhammad Nasir
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:55PM

    No worries. This is real democratic face of all.

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  • Vick
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:58PM

    N-League will never learn from their past mistakes

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  • Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Gone at last. Corrupt individual. People forget too easily how corrupt this family is.

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  • Mohammed
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:11PM

    They have probably done a deal where he gets off scot free along with Malik and Zardari and the NAB give legitimacy to the vote rigging.

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  • abid
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:11PM

    You guys are so naive. This guy was a political appointee and was hired without following any procedure. At the same time I must say that removing him by pmln was also not based on good intentions.

    I would personally think that pmln should be given full mandate to appoint new team in every govt organization but it should be closely monitored by opposition, judiciary and media. Because at the end of 5 years I don’t want to hear any excuse from pmln that they were not able to deliver Bcoz we couldnt build our own team on merit.

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  • faisal
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:13PM

    This just goes on to show that our political system and the leaders are just like a cancer. I would support anybody who scraps this constitution and hangs these Sharifs, Zardaris, Maliks and chaudharies publicly.

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  • Riz Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:20PM

    Behind closed doors, PMLN threatened him and his family with dire consequenses! There cannot be any other reason. Sharamnak !

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  • confused
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:07PM

    PTI should employ this gem of a professional in KPK.

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  • fawad
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:10PM

    Shame in pmln.

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  • xor
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:43PM

    As expected – PMLN has learned nothing from history.

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  • Iftikhar
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:00PM

    @abid:
    You guys are so naive. This guy was a political appointee and was hired without following any procedure.

    Says who, Genius? Your daddy Ch. Nisar told you or you got this feedback directly from Nawaz Sharif?

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  • Waseem
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:04PM

    @Nida Alvi:
    Dear Nida,
    I also wish that we could send Sharif’s back to Saudi Arabia, this is where they belong to.

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  • sall90
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:10PM

    Shame on this government. Personal reasons of this honest person must be death threats to him and his family.

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  • S. Sami
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:12PM

    PMLN had a chance to show they have learned from their past mistakes, but apparently not. Threatening lives of Tariq’s family members, character assassination and baseless allegations were all part of smear campaign that eventually made him resign. Unfortunate as it is, his family and personal security is of utmost importance and comes first. They had left him no choice but to quit. Media and oppositions took their 10 minutes of fame discussing the issue and then moved on…that’s how it plays out in Pakistan’s dirty politics.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:21PM

    @ confused
    I bet PTI will never do that!

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  • confused
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:35PM

    @Nida Alvi: PTI should make him head of its IT division.

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  • Salman Hussain
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:52PM

    He didn’t resign for his own wish there is interference of Government to do so shame on Government.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:55PM

    @ confused
    Sir I am afraid not. Because the PTI leaders know that this person is a political-appointee and being loyal to PPP was in-charge of its election cell.
    You cannot have a solid building if the foundation is wrong.

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  • AJ
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:58PM

    @confused:
    You mean the head of the facebook mujahideens of PTI?

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Hate to break it to the troll knuckleheads of the cult worshiping clan but this guy was a political appointee and a member of PPP who also happened to have held a foreign passport. Just ask Creulla De Vil (Shireen Mazari) who passed on a rather colorful tweet about Malik’s dual nationality back in March, 2013.

    It is the right of every elected government to bring in its own team which is detailed into different government run entities. NADRA was and is no exception. I did however find the initial modus operandi of the federal government in sidelining Malik rather crude and highly unenterprising. The right method was eventually employed to kick out this guy.

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:09PM

    Congratulations to all PML-N’s supporters. Justice has been served. Now that a major obstacle has been removed, you can concentrate on minor issues like, Load shedding, unemployment, corruption, terrorism and poor governance. Bravo !

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  • naeem khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:41PM

    more food for PTI trolls

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  • adym04
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:15AM

    @Nida Alvi: And when will Nawaz Sharif go back to Suroor Palace in Saudi Arabia? At least the NADRA chairman has no Saudi guarantor behind him and is an upright professional with a proven track record of excellent performance.

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  • Ali
    Jan 11, 2014 - 10:28AM

    This was a match between PMLN and civil society and judiciary, PMLN wins, hurrah!

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  • Imran
    Jan 11, 2014 - 10:34AM

    Shameful act of PMLN.

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  • Ada
    Jan 11, 2014 - 10:41PM

    I wonder if we are ever going to know about constituency no.118 and 125 now–haha, I think the Punjab-based govt of today cannot come to terms to the real mandate that was expressed on 11 May and then they blame the MQM for dhaandli in Karachi—haha! Crass politics of Pakistan in its element! Good work Tariq Malik–you tried to revolutionize the institute of NADRA through professionalism but maybe, the country is not ready for all-out accountability as yet–so let them rot in their CNG lines, power outages and gas ‘loadshedding.’
    P.S: Aristotle: “A state can never be better than its people.” Suits Pakistan so aptly today..:)Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:06AM

    @ Ada je
    Can you please share as to what happened to re-counting in PP-150??
    ET has rightly kept record of every happening http://tribune.com.pk/story/599663/pp-150-recount-pml-n-candidate-mian-marghoob-wins/ and PTI proves to be a mere cry-baby!

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