SWABI: Former Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl MPA from Swabi Haji Abdul Majid Khan and three former union council nazims were arrested on Wednesday for attesting identification documents for Afghan refugees.
According to insiders, all four men were arrested when a court of law rejected their applications for bail before arrest.
Abdul Majid and former nazims Sher Aman Khan, Hazrat Ali and Sanaullah were charged for attesting documents of Afghan nationals which had been submitted with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Cases had been registered against them in 2007 and but were expedited soon after the declaration of the National Action Plan.
The four men appeared before a court of additional district and sessions judge. During the proceedings, the court rejected the plea and ordered the police to arrest the accused. They were arrested from the court premises.
Speaking to journalists after the proceedings, Abdul Majid said the case had been pending since 2007. The former MPA admitted to attesting documents of Afghan nationals.
Abdul Majid is a resident of Tordher, Swabi. He was previously associated with Awami National Party and was twice elected as an MPA on the party ticket.
In the 1990s, he joined JUI-F and was later elected as an MPA on a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal ticket during the 2002 general elections.
Sher Aman has previously served as nazim of Lahor union council while Hazrat Ali and Sanaullah were nazims of Tordher and Jehangira, respectively.
Last month, countless FIRs were registered against officials who attested documents of Afghan refugees and helped them obtain CNICs.
These cases were registered after NADRA shared names of government servants, politicians and former nazims who had attested the documents with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2015.