CJP takes notice of alleged exorbitant NADRA fee

An overseas Pakistani had complained that the fee charged is exorbitant and an undue financial burden


Hasnaat Mailk February 11, 2017
Supreme Court (SC) Justice Saqib Nisar. PHOTO: TWITTER

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar took notice of the alleged fee charged by the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) for the issuance and cancellation of the Pakistan Origin Card (POC).

The CJP took notice of an application filed by an overseas Pakistani that states that the fee charged is exorbitant and an undue financial burden.

Justice Nisar called on the NADRA chairperson in Islamabad to submit a report within 10 days.

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The application states that previously the autonomous agency would charge $100 to generate the Pakistan Origin Card (POC). However, there has been an increase in the fee to $150 and now it has reached Rs22,000, while the POC cancellation fee itself is Rs31,500.

The fee hike has led to overseas Pakistanis being discouraged from making the card.

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