NADRA revelation: Nearly half of all IDP family heads undocumented

Published: July 19, 2014
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Of the 78,083 family heads, the authority can only verify 44,770. PHOTO: AFP

Of the 78,083 family heads, the authority can only verify 44,770. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

In a surprising revelation that could potentially trigger a new controversy, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) said on Friday that it couldn’t verify over 33,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency who have registered themselves as family heads.

Authorities have registered nearly a million IDPs since the Pakistan Army launched a massive air and ground offensive against terrorists in North Waziristan – one of the seven tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan.

These IDPs were registered through 78,083 people who claimed to be heads of their families. NADRA started verifying the authenticity of their claims, and surprisingly its database could verify 44,770 family heads. The authority said it doesn’t have records of 33,313 family heads.

According to the procedure, the head of a family comes to the registration counters to get his family registered as IDP. Only after registration, they are provided government aid for their families.

“On Friday, NADRA officials briefed the authority’s chairman on the registration of IDPs at different locations. He was told that NADRA has checked the data of 78,083 family heads given by the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA). Of this, 44,770 have been verified and 33,313 could not be verified by the NADRA database,” said a statement issued by NADRA.

The NADRA chairman, Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar, visited Bannu on Friday to personally see the relief activities and registration process put in place for the Waziristan IDPs.

A NADRA official told The Express Tribune that the government has decided to set up a ‘grievance cell’ under the FDMA to resolve the issue of unverified family heads.

There are reports that several people have registered themselves multiple times to get maximum aid. Similarly, there are also reports that multiple family members registered themselves as head of one family. There are others who either do not have CNICs or who obtained cards from NADRA when it did not keep records of a family tree.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2014.

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  • bash gul
    Jul 19, 2014 - 2:04PM

    When I was in Saudi Arabia I met many people from Waziristan who claimed they live on both sides of the Durand line. The ones who could not be verified are definitely Afghan refugees who have merged themselves in the local population just like they have done in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan. Thanks to our corrupt personnel in NADRA, they obtain a CNIC. Just let FIA check all the new CNIC issued by NADRA to adults and they can find out how this person obtained his CNIC.

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  • Sara
    Jul 19, 2014 - 2:52PM

    I think to avoid free riders, its a good policy to cut half of the aid to the defaulter for a week. For example, if a person is found guilty of subscribing twice, then he should be penalized for half of his original aid for the false claims. I understand that its hard law for poor people but there should be a law due to which free riders would refrain from lying to the Nadra officers.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jul 19, 2014 - 3:35PM

    we will never come out of this mess, because we have all become part of the corrupt system….we are all links in a chain and if we try to break off the link this country will collapse….this country is afloat because of corruption and the circulation of ill-gotten money through non-documented economy….whether one accept it or not but this is the ground reality..

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