Govt arrests officials involved in issuing Pakistani passport to Mansour

Published: May 28, 2016

Two officials involved in issuing Pakistani passports to late Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and his family have been arrested.

The Interior Ministry said a Balochistan Levies official was arrested from Quetta for verifying Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s identity card.

“The Federal Investigation Agency’s branch in Quetta carried out an intelligence-based raid and arrested a Balochistan Levies personnel who verified Muhammad Wali’s CNIC form in 2001,” an Interior Ministry spokesperson said. The accused has been identified as Risaldar Major Aziz Ahmed.

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

Separately, a NADRA employee was arrested from Karachi for facilitating the process of Pakistani citizenship for Mullah Mansour’s second wife and his children. “Riffat Iqbal was arrested from Karachi for pursuing Pakistani citizenship for Mullah Mansour’s family,” the spokesperson added.

Mansour was killed in Balochistan in a US drone strike on May 21. A Pakistani CNIC and passport found at the site identified the victim as Muhammad Wali, a resident of Karachi.

While Mullah Mansoor may have used a fake name to obtain a Pakistani identity card, his credentials with the authorities are all genuine, verifiable on specific helpline numbers.

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which issues computerised identities to Pakistani citizens, also facilitates verifying the basic credentials via short messaging services (SMS).

When forwarded Wali’s identity card number 54400-0563462-9 at 7000 – a service to verify the CNIC holder’s name, the reply is: Muhammad Wali, son of Shah Muhammad.

The voter registration details of any CNIC number can be obtained through a text message to 8300. Wali’s number shows he was a registered voter with the serial number 38, block code 454050104, ward number 31 in Chaman Municipal Corporation union council of Killa Abdullah district.

While getting an identity card is a struggle for many Pakistani citizens, especially those living in districts other than their permanent address, the fact that Mullah Mansoor was able to get a Pakistani CNIC as well as a passport raises quite a few questions.


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Reader Comments (4)

  • wb
    May 28, 2016 - 5:51PM

    There is a saying in my language.

    Monkey ate all the stolen food and smeared bits on a goat to take the blame!!

    Who is monkey and who is goat, you go figure.Recommend

  • Khilari
    May 28, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Eye wash. No one can do such a job without the consent of higher ups who calls the shot and We know who call the shots in Pakistan.Recommend

    May 29, 2016 - 9:39AM

    Let us throw out all the civilians from NADRA and fill it with retired Khakis that way all corruption will vanish from NADRA………..May Allah guide us all…..Recommend

  • May 31, 2016 - 4:46PM

    The CNIC is becoming a joke. its time to register every baby when its born. That what happening in west. The Pakistan government don,t know what is the true population of Pakistan. The interior ministry by it self disregard this issue so in election they can rig the vote. If they have clear figure they wont be able to fill the bags with bogus votes. NADRA has open field to harvest as much money as they wish. Recommend

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