QUETTA: Balochistan’s Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti on Friday told the provincial assembly that Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) of only aliens have been blocked.
He was responding to a resolution moved by Liaquat Ali Agha of Pakhtoonkhawa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP) in the Assembly.
The minister said Pakistan had earned a bad name when a Pakistani national identity card was recovered from the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor, who was killed in a US drone attack last year.
He also told the PkMAP legislator that the federal government and the authorities concerned would be approached to find out a solution of the issue and requested Agha to withdraw his resolution.
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Agha in his resolution had demanded that NADRA and other institutions involved in blocking the CNIC’s, especially of Pashtoons across the country, should be summoned for an explanation. His resolution was also supported by treasury and oppositions members. Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai, Dr Ruqia Saeed Hashmi, Kishwar Ahmed Jattak, Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetiran and other members also spoke in support of the resolution.
The legislators said that people from all over the country have been facing this problem and demanded that the NADRA Director General should be summoned to explain the situation.
They said that Pashtoons have played an important role in the defense and development of the country but they were facing discrimination.
However, Agha withdrew his resolution on the request of the Home Minister at the end of the session.