NADRA refutes claim of irregularities in CNIC issuance

It was reported that Senator Talha claimed the Nadra issued CNICs to around half a million aliens without permission.


Our Correspondent August 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) refuted the claim that the authority issued Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to foreigners without any permission, in a press release.

It was earlier reported that Senator Talha Mahmood claimed that the Nadra issued CNICs to around half a million aliens including Afghans without seeking any permission from home ministry.

Nadra said that Senator Mahmood was misquoted.

According to the press release, the National Alien Registration Authority (NARA) and not Nadra has, under the law, a mandate to register the aliens present in Pakistan.

“No documentary evidence proving the claim was presented to the Chairman of Senate's Standing Committee on Interior,” the statement added.

The press release stressed that such misreporting damages the reputation of the government organisation.

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