NADRA chairman saga: Senators come down hard on govt

Published: December 4, 2013
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Senators from the opposition benches alleged that Tariq Malik was removed from his post because he refused to bow before the government’s pressure to give a clean chit to its candidate from NA-118 Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

Senators from the opposition benches alleged that Tariq Malik was removed from his post because he refused to bow before the government’s pressure to give a clean chit to its candidate from NA-118 Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Calling it an ‘unjust act’ and an ‘attempt at concealing evidence of the rigging in the 2013 general elections’, senators came down hard on Tuesday at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government for sacking the National Database and Registration Authority chairman.

Senators from the opposition benches alleged that Tariq Malik was removed from his post because he refused to bow before the government’s pressure to give a clean chit to its candidate from NA-118 Lahore.

“Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan telephoned the NADRA chairman and asked him to decide in favour of the government,” claimed Senator Saeed Ghani of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) while speaking on a point of order during the Senate session. He said the interior minister sacked Tariq Malik after he first refused to accept the minister’s demand and then declined to step down from his post.

Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq quickly stood up to defend the government. “The senator’s statement is not based on facts. We have rule of law in the country and I can assure you that the interior ministry would clarify the situation soon,” he said.  However, opposition members continued their reprimand.

According to PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar, the removal of the NADRA chairman said much about the conduct of the 2013 general elections. The verification of the thumb impressions would have exposed the PML-N candidate, casting a shadow of suspicion over the entire elections, he said. “It clearly indicates that the elections were rigged.”

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed criticised the removal of the NADRA chief, fearing it would damage the authority’s image, which had recently earned many international contracts through its good work, providing revenue for the government.

‘NADRA chairman’s removal is rigging in itself’

Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah (PPP) argued that the removal of the NADRA chairman is tantamount to rigging. He urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action over the government’s decision. He said the decision has made it clear that the government wanted to conceal the NA-118 rigging.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) also joined in the censure, saying, “The NADRA chairman was penalised for exposing electoral fraud.”

In a statement, the party said that sacking Tariq Malik has sent a clear warning to all honest public servants that either they fall in line with corrupt practices or suffer the consequences.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Charlie Chaplen
    Dec 4, 2013 - 3:48AM

    starting from Railway, PIA, Steel Mill, WAPDA….and the next one on the list will be NADRA.

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  • Dec 4, 2013 - 5:20AM

    This is common strategy in Pakistan politics. Set your favorite people in all departments from PCB to NADRA

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  • zog
    Dec 4, 2013 - 5:25AM

    most people believe pti would have won if elections were not rigged

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  • Hassan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 5:29AM

    Tells you alot about PML(N)’s mandate

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  • asad alvi
    Dec 4, 2013 - 6:23AM

    @zog in ur dream

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  • Fawad
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:17AM

    So now they want to tarnish Nadra’s image as well. What next?

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  • Wali Khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:24AM

    Mr Chairman you are honest and hard working guy. I know you since you were in Quaid e Azam uni Islamabad as grad student. I wish you good luck in prescience of such politicians of Pakistan.. I trust you are honest hard working guy.

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  • Imranbashir
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:27AM

    Big slap on the face of PML N. Interior minister should resign

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  • Nikki
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:28AM

    Nawaz Sharif’s believes on ‘ revengful’ policy,.

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  • anwer hussain
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:46AM

    Nadra is competence institute and it is only one institute which is running without subsidy.But nwaz want to ruin this institute.

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  • Afroz
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:54AM

    Heavy mandate of PML.N is getting to heavy to carry.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:30AM

    PML-N on the road to self destruction

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  • Ali
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:01AM

    I wonder how many institutions will be destroyed by PML-N in its tenor..They always start with Army.

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  • Peace lover
    Dec 4, 2013 - 11:20AM

    “the court restore him within an hour”, what an effeciency. does common man enjoys the same effective measurment by the courts in Pakistan.?

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  • Humayun
    Dec 4, 2013 - 2:37PM

    instead of strengthening the instituitions, NS government is on course to weaken them …

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  • Sajjad
    Dec 5, 2013 - 4:50PM

    What a shame for government and bravo to Chairman for standing against the illegal action of government. At least we can have honest out there who stand for just and right.

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  • MirMazhar
    Dec 7, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Brave NADRA chairmanRecommend

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