Nisar orders re-verification of CNICs of all Pakistani citizens

Published: May 26, 2016
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Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar gives NADRA 48 hours to prepare, submit a work plan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar gives NADRA 48 hours to prepare, submit a work plan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Wednesday gave a 48-hour deadline to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for preparing a road-map to launch a country-wide CNIC re-verification campaign of the entire population.

The National Plan for Re-verification of CNICs has been ordered by the interior minister after questions were raised over a Pakistani passport and CNIC found from drone-hit car wreckage site in Balochistan, claimed to be documents held by the slain Taliban chief Mullah Mansoor.

Mullah Mansour or Muhammad Wali: Fake name but genuine credentials on CNIC

According to a statement, the minister was chairing a meeting at NADRA headquarters, also attended by the chairman NADRA, director general Immigration and Passports and officials of FIA.

“NADRA has 48 hours for submitting a work plan with a set deadline for initiation of National Plan for Re-verification of CNICs across Pakistan,” the statement quoted Chaudhry Nisar as having said.

After the emergence of the CNIC of Mullah Mansoor under fake identity of Wali Muhammad, the message has gone to the world that anyone can acquire Pakistani CNIC, Nisar said.

“Let’s not send a message to the world that Pakistani ID is easily available to anyone who is willing to pay for it. Being a responsible state we will ensure that the usage of CNIC by any alien is completely eliminated after this exercise,” he said.

This measure, the handout said, would help ensure that in future no ‘alien’ will be able to use Pakistani CNIC and passport.

Nisar orders action on forged CNICs, passports

The interior minister asked to speed up the process of blocking of Pakistani CNICs held by aliens and also directed NADRA chairman to “purge NADRA of corrupt elements on a fast-track basis.”

Official arrested for verifying Wali’s CNIC

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested on Wednesday Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Revenue Rafique Tareen on allegations of verifying and approving Mullah Mansoor’s CNIC under fake identity of Wali Muhammad. “Tareen has been taken into custody for verifying and approving Wali Muhammad’s CNIC during his tenure as tehseeldar Chaman in Killa Abdullah district in 2005,” an FIA official confirmed. Chaman is a bustling border town teeming with Afghan nationals who cross the Friendship Gate daily.

Balochistan NADRA has remained involved in issuing fake identity cards to foreigners particularly Afghan citizens.

Earlier on May 16, FIA had arrested Deputy Director NADRA Ikramullah Kakar and Assistant Director Muhammad Yusaf Kurd on charges of unlawfully issuing CNICs to Afghan refugees.

Similarly, on May 11, the federal agency had arrested Assistant Commissioner Chaman Hafiz Muhammad Qasim, AC Killa Abdullah Ejaz Jaffar and Ex-Additional Deputy Commissioner Hasratullah Changezi for verifying documents of Afghan nationals to get CNICs.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Noble Tufail
    May 26, 2016 - 10:00AM

    way to go Ch.Nisar…. A high quality/high reliability minister in Nawaz Cabinet. Recommend

  • Abbas Khan
    May 26, 2016 - 10:02AM

    Reverification adventure must not be a window dressing but issuance of CNICs, passports, visas and all other official documents should be made unmaneuverableRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    May 26, 2016 - 10:57AM

    This is only for the consumption of the Western media. Does he even know how much it would cost? As much as a full-blown census of Pakistan which is a long time coming.Recommend

  • Anushe
    May 26, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Just because officials were corrupt enough to issue a cnic to a Taliban, all of us citizens have to now prove that we aren’t militant in disguise?? What a state. Instead of cleaning out its beureacracy it tries to pass on the guilt to its own citizens! Way to go Pakistan!Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 26, 2016 - 11:58AM

    Chaudry Nisar will look into his magic ball and decide if person is from FATA, Baluchistan, KPK or Afghanistan. They are living here for decades and there are no records on those areas but our bored Interior Minister has to find something to do :DRecommend

  • Yardstick
    May 26, 2016 - 12:11PM

    What is the yardstick to evaluate the TRUE CNIC?Recommend

  • Point
    May 26, 2016 - 12:14PM

    I understand that. But you need to kick out the retired army officers who are directors etc. in NADRA. they can easily issue cards to their loved ones good taliban again. Secondly, there also needs to be a way under which every person is checked on roads for ID card and not asked to come and verify. and a new design should be lauched while old one cancelled so that the millions of afghans who are holding pakistani CNIC and using it to move abroad illegaly can also stop.Recommend

  • asim
    May 26, 2016 - 2:01PM

    Verification is a good step but it will require alot of money to be spent upon.First of all sack corrupt officals of Nadra.Start from your DGs who are all mostly army ex officals.Sack them all and reinstate competetant people.Recommend

  • Abcd
    May 26, 2016 - 2:15PM

    No more CNICs….just do retina and finger print scans. This will cut down the bureaucracy by 2/3 as no need to “attest” photocopies of CNICS also. This will be a good time to do the long awaited population census.Recommend

  • imran ali
    May 26, 2016 - 2:44PM

    better checked the I.D and passport of new Amir if he has the gut instead wasting time and money..he should resignedRecommend

  • sohail osman ali
    May 27, 2016 - 12:50AM

    Give me a break!!! All of us people have to put through this farce rather of CNIC verification rather than Nisar go through his bureaucracy and weed out the corrupt who otherwise will continue to find ways and means to dish out fake CNIC’s. Recommend

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