NADRA team arrested for issuing fake IDs

Published: March 12, 2011
Unaware of the crew’s whereabouts, police had registered a case of kidnapping.

Unaware of the crew’s whereabouts, police had registered a case of kidnapping.


A NADRA team was taken into police custody for issuing fake ID cards to Rawalpindi residents. The five member crew, including two women, was arrested by the Civil Lines police near Pakistan Town on Thursday.

Earlier, unaware of the crew’s whereabouts, NADRA Islamabad’s Deputy Director Mobile Registration Unit Muhammad Saqib had filed a complaint with Koral police that the registration team was intercepted and kidnapped by armed men riding a car bearing registration number AKD 271. The crew included the van driver Muhammad Ateeq, a guard, supervisor and two female officers.

The Koral police registered a case of kidnapping only to find out later that the crew was being detained for questioning by the Civil Lines police in Rawalpindi, who had filed a criminal case against the five officials.

The Civil Lines police said that the NADRA mobile registration unit was intercepted after a resident of Pakistan Town in Rawalpindi, Niaz Ahmed Kiani, filed a complaint that the officials of NADRA’s mobile registration unit were registering “bogus” identity cards to people of
his area.

The Koral police said they have sent a copy of the FIR, filed by NADRA’s deputy director mobile registration unit, to the Civil Lines police and will wait for the outcome of their investigation before proceeding with the kidnapping case.

The Civil Lines police are in a difficult situation as they are likely to face legal action if they fail to provide strong evidence against the NADRA crew, said a police official requesting not to be named. Another police source suspected that some “unknown force” was behind the arrest of the NADRA team as the police could not move on “a mere application against the crew members”.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2011.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 12, 2011 - 10:19AM

    This is something very serious and should be dealt with extreme measures.Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:13AM

    NADRA exists because of the tax payers money. The issuing of ID cards should be free. There should no NADRA offices, the ID card forms should be available at every post office for free. People can fill the forms at home and mail them to NADRA for free.People should feel that the taxes they are paying are being put to good use.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 12, 2011 - 12:39PM

    And why should they not issue Fake ID’s??? The people running the Government and NADRA have fake degrees then why not Fake IDs.Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 12, 2011 - 1:57PM

    millions of bogus votes registered in every a established else have these govt muslim leagues rigged every the media will portray nadra as corrupt and muddy.these dwarfs who act like giants on the behalf of these bogus votes must be stopped.our generals have corrupted the electoral system.let nadra clean the system please.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 12, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Civil line police arrested them saying that NADRA’s van just hit their Colonel’s car. they arrested them out of their jurisdiction as they were arrested from Koral Police station’s jurisdictions. Under Cover Police Officers took this action under pressure of some political force which new that NADRA is going to reveal the truth about 2008 elections Bogus Votes. later when they found that an FIR of NADRA’s crews kidnapping is launched against them they made a fake case against NADRA employees to justify their kidnapping.
    FIR launched by NADRA’s DM at 4:30pm
    FIR Launched by Civil LIne Police at 8:00 Pm

    All I say as a Pakistani is that these politicians use police for their personal matter and NADRA employees were just ants between two elephants. Recommend

  • ba ha
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:38PM

    these important jobs must non be given to non-natives. Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa
    Mar 15, 2011 - 8:49PM

    NADRA’s mobile van can not issue fake or forged ID card, this is technically impossible for a mobile unit. All they can is just gather applicant’s data and dump in head quarters at the end of the day!.

    here is the official response from nadra:

  • Pakistan Loveable
    Mar 16, 2011 - 1:53PM

    NADRA is making fake card with cooperation of Bahria Town. Bahria Makes the temporarily address change of thier employess by force. they ask them if they donot change thier temporarily adress along with the family they should be terminate from service. the people living in rawalpindi in other place and no residence in bahria town then how he change the address and have no legal documenation of having a residence in bahria town. the NADRA is changing address with out legal documentation. Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 1:55PM

    they are not taking any documents from the applicants then how it is not fake. Recommend

  • Umer
    Mar 20, 2011 - 7:48PM

    this is totally fake case by our police “intelliegent”, i know people who were in the van, and they are Nadra employes and doing their job as per polices.

    Those NIC’s recovered from them were those which were serender by public for modification.Recommend

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