Nadra cancels 80,000 NICs issued to Afghan refugees

Published: November 29, 2010

Pakistan is home to 1.7 million Afghan refugees -- 1.5 million of whom live in areas affected by the country's worst humanitarian disaster. PHOTO: EPA

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minster for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najmuddin Khan on Monday said that NADRA has cancelled 80,000 Computerised National Identification Cards (NICs) out of 100,000 which were illegally issued to Afghan refugees.

“Remaining 20,000 will also be cancelled at the earliest after completing the required procedure,” he said while talking to media at the Parliament House.

He said the Ministry of Interior and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were investigating the matter and tracing the officials and public representatives who had attested Afghan refugees documents and played role in getting the illegal cards issued.

NADRA had issued 100,000 NICs to Afghan refugees and they were enjoying Pakistani nationality and buying property in different parts of the country, he added.

To a question, he said around 1.6 million Afghan refugees were staying in Pakistan under the temporary registration policy, adding that the government would issue a permit to them for doing business but will not give the rights to buy any property in the country.

Najmuddin further stated that government will confiscate the property of those Afghan refugees who bought properties by using illegal NICs.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Farhan
    Nov 29, 2010 - 8:25PM

    Its very clear who helped these people in quest for NICs. A simple look at the issuance cities of these cards will bring the real culprits. Alot of these NICs were also issued Peshawar city. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 29, 2010 - 8:51PM

    Good News. Trace the culprits who issued CNIC’s to non-Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Nov 29, 2010 - 11:54PM

    why were they given the ID cards in the first place? Does any government give our citizen their ID cards with such ease?Recommend

  • Merchant
    Nov 30, 2010 - 9:47AM

    Send Them Back they are one of the biggest threath to our beloved countryRecommend

  • Haroon Rashid
    Dec 12, 2010 - 6:27PM

    NADRA’s Identity Card fake, counterfeit, should be considered as a non bailable crime. This is worst crime in Pakistan, and should never be forgiven.Recommend

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