Corruption: Nadra staff caught making fake IDs

Published: December 10, 2010

KARACHI: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) had caught some of its employees who have been involved in making fake computerised national identity cards (CNICs). The staffers have been handed them over to the Federal Investigation Agency.

A Nadra vigilance team had been keeping an eye on them and monitoring their activities for a while, said a statement from the authority’s headquarters on Thursday.

Nadra suspended 106 employees who were found involved in corruption and irregularities. “The entry system and smart use of technology enables us to keep a check over any changes in the data and also helps us trace the employees guilty of misconduct,” said deputy chairman Tariq Malik.

As Nadra is not a law-enforcing department, it needed to refer the matter to one. Malik also pointed out that the security department had managed to monitor gangs as well. Nadra has issued more than 82 million computerised identity cards after the proper scrutiny of papers and documentation.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2010.

Addressing the media, Rifee demanded their community be given a separate identity in the census, given protection and given opportunities for training and employment.

Bindiya Rani, president of the Gender Interactive Alliance, says the transgender communities of the provinces of Sindh and Punjab had formed a united Alliance for the Rights of Transgenders to gather them on one platform and pursue their human-rights campaign even more vigorously.

Similar awareness conferences are being held in other cities of the country simultaneously and the alliance plans to arrange a national conference soon, she adds.

“We are also trying to contact similar organisations in Italy, Sudan and other countries and will soon come up with more dynamic strategies for our struggle.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2010.

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