Revealed: ‘NADRA men helped terrorists get Pakistani identity cards’

Published: August 6, 2015
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ISI shares with NADRA chairman list of 40 accused officials. DESIGN: SUNARA NIZAMI

ISI shares with NADRA chairman list of 40 accused officials. DESIGN: SUNARA NIZAMI

ISLAMABAD: 

Several top ranking officers of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) have helped terrorists and other miscreants obtain fake national identity cards of Pakistan, reveals a report shared by the country’s premier intelligence agency with the NADRA chairman.

In the report, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) listed 40 officials who have been involved in issuance of fake national identity cards. Some retired army officers, who currently hold top positions in NADRA’s Karachi office, are also on the list. They include General Manager (Projects) Brig (retd) Ehsanul Haq, Deputy GM (Operations) Lt-Col (retd) Aqeel Ahmed and Deputy GM (Operations) Maj (retd) Nihal.

According to the ISI report — a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune — the agency, after a comprehensive intelligence scrutiny as part of its counter-terror operations, found many NADRA officials involved in facilitating attempts by terrorists and miscreants to obtain fake identity cards.

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The scrutiny was carried out after the law enforcement agencies recovered Pakistani passports and computerised national identity cards (CNICs) in possession of a number of local and foreign terrorists they killed or apprehended as part of the ongoing terror purge.

According to the report, a senior al Qaeda leader who was killed by the Pakistani military last year had been in possession of a national identity card for overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

Adnan G el Shukrijumah, a senior leader of al Qaeda’s external operations programme who also went under the name Jaffar al Tayyar, possessed a NICOP bearing No 121015-9547114-7 under the fake identity of Shahzaib Khan, son of Akbar Khan, the report says.

Shukrijumah, an American national who was on the most wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was killed by the Pakistani military in an encounter in South Waziristan Agency on December 6, 2014.

The brothers of Syed Tayyeb Agha, the former head of the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Qatar, were also able to get CNICs, according to the report. Agha’s brothers Mohammad Tahir and Mohammad Younis obtained the CNICs through the latter’s father-in-law Maulana Mohsin and with the connivance of NADRA officials, it says. Tahir and Yousaf were arrested by the ISI in April 2014.

Three Uzbek nationals arrested by Qatar police in December, 2013 in connection with a bank robbery also possessed Pakistani CNICs and passports, the report says. The three men held the documents under the names Shahzad Khan (CNIC No 17201-1006340-3), Inam (CNIC No 17301-5839120-7) and Usman Arshad (CNIC No 17301-5215412-3).

ISI investigations also discovered that the NADRA registration centre in the Keamari area of Karachi had sold CNICs to Afghan and Bengali nationals for Rs10,000 to Rs20,000, the report says. “There is credible information that NADRA offices in Lahore and D I Khan are also issuing CNICs to foreigners,” it adds.

A NADRA spokesperson confirmed to The Express Tribune that the chairman’s office had received the ISI report. “All CNICs which were issued to foreigners as mentioned in the report were blocked as soon as we received it,” he said. The NADRA chairman has ordered a departmental inquiry against the officers accused in the report and that strict action would be taken against those found guilty, he added.

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Recently, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the media that some 26 fake CNICs were issued by NADRA in 2011, 493 in 2012, 6,000 in 2013, 22,000 in 2014 and 64,000 this year. All of these cards had been blocked, he said.

Pointing to the figures revealed by Nisar, the NADRA spokesperson said it was proof of the authority’s resolve to track down and block CNICs issued in a fraudulent manner.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:07AM

    Exemplary punishment must be given to these officials.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:10AM

    Weather you will visit Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar or any office of Nadra or Passport you always come across the scouts that provide you every service possible. Scouts are frontmen of Government officials inside the offices. From expediting your application to fake documents everything is possible with the bribery. One Scout at the Pindi office told me that he sells Pakistani Id cards for 100,000 Rupees each and he was telling me that for a dozen fake IDs he gives a discount as well.

    The whole government structure is corrupt. Even if you would take action against some officials then i am pretty sure that there is someone to replace them to continue on with these illicit activities.Recommend

  • pakistani petriot
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:16AM

    700,000+ Local certificates and CNiC have been issued to people in Chaghi where population is just 100,000 according to census.. entire township at Girdi Jungle (district chaghi) and Chaghi shahr(chaghi city) have been settled after Afghan war for afghan people by musharaf govt help.. more than 50% of district chaghi population is of afghan origin.. during afghan elections streets of many districts of balochistan are deserted empty because all of them go to vote in afghanistan..Recommend

  • show no mercy
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:37AM

    I always knew my CNIC was worthless. Recommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:48AM

    Unfortunately people involved in this doesn’t understand how serious this issue is and it’s nothing but assisting criminals and terrorist to do their job easily. Just like Mobile sim Scrutiny i believe same thing needs to be done in this case. But first thing first, Punishment to all who are involved in this. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:56AM

    What a country!Recommend

  • Imran
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:33AM

    I work at a bank and I routinely come across fake ID cards. Our bank no longer considers NADRA ID cards as reliable identity document and asks for other documents. Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:48AM

    Military Courts!!!Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:07AM

    Corruption has expanded in all directions in Pakistan. It has swallowed each and every institution. May Allah protect my country.Recommend

  • sgrr
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:12AM

    Yesterday we were informed the innovation of NADAR, online CNIC, and now we are looking their efficiency. No one will be given punishment as the Army will take these officers back in uniform and their case will be gone in deep blue waters.

    The army should trial these officers in recently established military courts for speedy justice. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:55AM

    You think this bad ? The application process has gone online now. Fake and fraud galore ! Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:15PM

    @Imran:
    That’s very good feedback, maybe banks and corporations should work with the Government to counter this fake ID problem.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:54PM

    And then they say that there are no terrorists in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:38PM

    @Imran: Lol – other documents e.g like photocopies of CNIC, birth certificate, matric certificate etc etc as these all are genuine except CNICRecommend

  • Arsalan Iqbal`
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:12PM

    I am wordless, surprised, shocked and wonder that where we are standing! Recommend

  • Lolz
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:12PM

    One can buy anything for money from anyone, just the you need to know the price and the right person, be it NADRA or any department! Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:35PM

    As it is said that money can buy anything (heck even love is no more an exception), and that everybody has a price. This saying equally applies to USA and EU countries (where genuine IDs and passports are sold at the right price) as it is applicable elsewhere. Pakistan is no exception. But, there is a big difference between Pakistan and other countries. In other countries this kind of crime is done by a very few and in the most secretive way, and when they are caught, they get severely punished. However, in Pakistan this is done openly without any fear of punishment, and at a price even the poor can afford.Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Aug 7, 2015 - 4:23AM

    I am surprised that no politician has come out saying a national ID card is an ID card, real or fake!Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Aug 7, 2015 - 4:24AM

    Did NADRA men help Pakistanis get terrorist ID cards?Recommend

  • muhammad iqbal
    Oct 10, 2015 - 5:13PM

    the officials,lower staff,facilitating agents should punished hard and the card holders should be punished and should send back to their countries in my town many afganies

    claims pakistanies
    and tells about some politicians that they are our friends?Recommend

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