Afghan president holds Pakistani identity card

Published: August 5, 2015
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: FILE

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds a Pakistani identity card, a local government official revealed on Tuesday.

District Council Chairman Malik Dilmurad Hasni stunned the entire house during a meeting of the local body in Chagai when he revealed that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds a Pakistani identity card.

Hasni also presented a copy of the identity document issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) during the meeting.  He claimed that the legendary Afghan freedom fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud also possessed a Pakistani identity document.

Startled by the revelations, members of the district council lashed out at the level of corruption that has plagued NADRA, a federal agency tasked to manage the registration database of citizens in the country.

Members were also told that a number of Afghan nationals were elected as members during the local government polls in the province last year. They blamed local committee members for the irregularities during the electoral exercise.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2015.

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  • Anon
    Aug 5, 2015 - 7:40AM

    Quick, i need something to bang my head on!!Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 5, 2015 - 8:49AM

    So, Pakistani nationality is something valuable. Lets see what Indians say now.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 5, 2015 - 9:39AM

    Now we know why he succumbs to the pressure from his handlers from the deep state.Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Aug 5, 2015 - 10:49AM

    This news report amazes me. I am amazed by the dumbfounded-ness of the people at this news. What is so difficult to understand? Most of the Afghan leadership lived in Pakistan when Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan. That includes Karzai and his family too. Most of them carried Pakistani ID cards and even the Pakistani passports. And, what does this has to do with Nadra’s corruption? All this happened with the blessings and patronage of the Pakistani Government and Establishment. It was part of our policy. Pakistanis need to study its’ history, with particularly emphasis on what exactly happened from 1979 to 1999. It has deep implications on where we are today and where we are going. A nation that does not know where it has come from would hardly be able to know where it is going. Recommend

  • bash gul
    Aug 5, 2015 - 10:55AM

    A former nazim of UC 4 SITE town is also an Afghani, his election to be a nazim was challenged, but since he had joined an Islamic party, he survived. So many Afghans have joined political parties and are indulged in corruption. Just check with NADRA how many new CNIC were issued in the last five years, and you will notice that they were mostly Afghanis. They is a proverb in Pushto that says THAT MONEY CAN MAKE WAY EVEN IN A HARD ROCK.Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2015 - 11:02AM

    Well he should not worry now coming to Pakistan for ID card related matters. NADRA has launched online renewals so he can renew his ID card from Kabul.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 5, 2015 - 11:18AM

    It is very disturbing to see afghans take benefits from pakistan, and then abuse the country which has provided shelter and economic opportunity to millions if themRecommend

  • Afghanistan
    Aug 5, 2015 - 11:42AM

    If this was written about mula omar, hekmatyar or haqanis, I would accept. However, ashraf ghani had left Afghanistan to USA long before Russian invasion and he didn’t have to have pakistani ID. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 5, 2015 - 11:52AM

    @Tony Singh:
    This page is good in the sense that it provides opportunity for some useless and ridiculous comments to appear on it….like that of yours. Your rant about Pakistani’s typical mindset of grabbing land reflects your shallow view of things. You deserve a kick from here!Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:04PM

    Banging and hurting your head will do no good to you other than damaging your brain cells which could then dilute your IQ further. This news should not cause any sensation given that a large number of afghan leaders have spent a considerable period of their life in Pakistan. Many developed countries of the world would give you a passport after spending just five years or so….you can be a duel national in this globalised world. Think before you bang!Recommend

  • Afghan Maihan
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:07PM

    I doubt the veracity of this statement. Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan in the early 70s to pursue higher education in Lebanon and subsequently migrated to USA where he pursued his doctoral degree at Columbia and lived and worked there until 2001. He moved back to Afghanistan after the Bonn Agreement and has lived there since that time. Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:30PM

    We must arrange for their repatriation from Pakistan (especially from the Sindh province; which has suffered more because of not only the Afghan refugees flocking to our province but also the internally-displaced-people from KPK and nearby).

    Afghanistan has now more opportunities than Pakistan for these Afghan refugees; especially as the country is emerging under the full economical support of the foreign countries (including India).Recommend

  • Hadi
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:51PM

    Ashraf Ghani Accepted in his speach during election compaign that he has been as Islamic school student in Karachi during start of Soviet war in Afghanistan.@Afghanistan: Recommend

  • Someone
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:55PM

    @Afghanistan: He spent some time in Pakistan while doing his thesis, and probably other time too. It would be logical to assume that he would have migrated to the US on a Pakistani passport Recommend

  • Pops
    Aug 5, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Same can be said about most Pakistanis living in Britain.
    They want the state benefits, but hate the Brits.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 5, 2015 - 1:21PM


    “Now we know why he succumbs to the pressure from his handlers from the deep state.”

    FYI, Karzai and his whole family enjoyed the hospitality of Pakistan for decades (many of his family members still live in Pakistan and probably have Pakistani IDs as well, don’t know about Karzai himself) and Pakistan played a major role in making him the President by lobbying for him with the US as he was nobody himself at that time, but later India bought himself of. See, the problem with buying someone’s loyalties is that there is always someone who can pay more. Pakistanis thought that since they have helped Karzai immensely, he would never align with their enemies, but that proved to be wrong. Now, the President Ashraf is a totally different story. He is an highly educated and well known personality himself with some integrity as well. Pakistan or India can’t possibly buy or control him. He would most likely do what is in the best interest of his country. Any sane person would know where the long term geopolitical and economic interests of Afghanistan lie and that is Pakistan, not India.Recommend

  • Azeez
    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:00PM

    @Bewildered: are you happy now…..LOLRecommend

  • Noor Badshah
    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:03PM

    NADRA may be purged of black sheep and all CNICs issued to Afghan Refugees may be cancelled at the earliest as they are maligning Pakistan abroad due to their heinous activities.Recommend

  • Indialover
    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:31PM

    Only Ghani ? Not Obama,Modi,Netanyahu,Xi ? I am sure they are missing something by not holding the VALUED PAKISTANI ID CardRecommend

    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Its no doubt Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2015 - 3:47PM

    It’s a planned propaganda against him, President Dr Ashraf Ghani never been to Pakistan, Before the sour revolution he left for United States and been there till 2001.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Aug 5, 2015 - 5:30PM

    @Muhammad: Judging by your comment, I am now sure I have stated the truth.. Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Aug 5, 2015 - 7:55PM

    Having enjoyed all the benefits from Pakistan; why do the Afghans inculding their present and former Presidents hate us? This shows their character and/or level of trust worthiness! In Urdu we call “Totta Chasm”! For Pakistan its a lesson. Do not ever, go beyond a limit to help neighbors otherwise they will turn against you. Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Aug 5, 2015 - 9:06PM

    @Pakistani Sindhi: Sindh has suffered most from the massive relentless cruel

    loot of sindhi waderas. Out of 3000 billion rupees allocated during last

    seven years of wadera corruption party government in

    sindh not only a few billions were actually spent

    on interior sindh what to talk about wadera

    occupied Karachi where they have

    stolen from water to


  • globalobserver
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:06AM


    ” For Pakistan its a lesson. Do not ever, go beyond a limit to help neighbors otherwise they will turn against you. “

    Pakistan’s “help” to Afghans was not out of any noble intent. Pakistan wanted to convert Afghanistan as its subservient fifth province. That is not a secret. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:24AM


    Not true at all. I am a UK national and lived there for most of my life. GB is a great country with great people, Very liberal, generally very fair, open society.

    There may be a small minority who do not like britain but I would say most Pakistanis love UK and are grateful for the opportunities it has provided them.Recommend

  • Sultan Hussain
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:22AM

    The story may have a grain of truth for the reason that most of the prominent Afghanis lived in Pakistan after post Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Most of their current and past leadership had sanctuary no surprise if president Ghani got pak iD card.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:48AM

    Where corruption is the backbone of every department and every department runs on corruption there this is never new and by money any one can get Pakistani ID easily……Recommend

  • Temur
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:36PM

    Do Pakistani seriously think that living in foreign countries and acquiring their citizenship is only their prerogative?Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:04PM

    @globalobsever:Pakistan’s “help” to Afghans was not out of any noble intent. In the history of world politics, no country has ever hosted 10 million refugees from neigbor. As they say ” not a single bullet was fired and Belin wall fell” but all the bullets were fired in Pakistan. We paid a very heavy price in return of “peanuts”. As far as Pakistan’s intention to covert it as a 5th province, you sound quite stupid, as we already have couple of provinces we can not manage.Recommend

  • ahmed vastani
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:27PM

    there no difference between countries we are talking about, all 4 countries are governed by muslims only, what it makes any difference whether you are afghani, pakistani, Indian or Bangla. We are all basically muslims.Recommend

  • Jaspal Rana
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:45PM

    Afghan President has a pakistani ID but Ajmal Kasab and now Usman Khan are not from pakistan. Wah re wah!!Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Aug 7, 2015 - 2:41AM


    “As far as Pakistan’s intention to covert it as a 5th province, you sound quite stupid, as we already have couple of provinces we can not manage.”

    As for being stupid, you should blame Zia ul Haq and not me. He was the one who openly stated that Afghanistan will be made into the fifth province of Pakistan. Ever since, Pakistan has pursued this policy by interfering in Afghan affairs and propping up its puppet regimes their. The still current idea of strategic depth in Afghanistan is euphemism for conquering Afghanistan as Pakistan’s fifth province.Recommend

  • Atomant
    Aug 7, 2015 - 7:47AM

    @pops: I think you will find that the majority of people on welfare are white and English. YouTube benefit Britain and be amazed!

    Ta ta now. Recommend

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