Re-ver­i­fi­ca­tion of CNIC

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - S MASHYYA MOIN MADANI

The decision to re-ver­ify the CNICs and Pak Pass­ports, came af­ter a Pak­istani CNIC and a green pass­port were found near the wreck­age of U.S. drone-hit ve­hi­cle, in which Afghan Tal­iban chief Mul­lah Akhtar Man­sour was be­lieved to have been killed a cou­ple of days ago.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar on Wed­nes­day gave a 48-hour dead­line to Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion to pre­pare a roadmap for rever­i­fi­ca­tion of the en­tire pop­u­la­tion. The Min­is­ter was chair­ing a meet­ing at NADRA head­quar­ters, which was also at­tended by the Chair­man NADRA, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Pass­ports and Im­mi­gra­tion, and of­fi­cials of FIA.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial data of the In­te­rior Min­istry, the gov­ern­ment can­celled 6,062 il­le­gal CNICs is­sued to aliens in 2013; 22,361 in 2014; 96,689 in 2015 and 1,11,540 in 2016, while around 29,000 pass­ports in the pos­ses­sion of aliens have been can­celled since 2013. The Min­is­ter is­sued the re-ver­i­fi­ca­tion roadmap or­der af­ter ques­tions were raised over a Pak­istani pass­port and CNIC found from the drone hit auto wreck­age site in Balochis­tan, which were claimed to be held by the de­ceased Afghan Tal­iban chief Mul­lah Akhter Man­sour.

It is be­ing be­lieved that the CNIC and pass­port were be­ing used by the dead Tal­iban chief. More than 650 of­fi­cials of NADRA al­legedly is­sued these tens of thou­sands of CNICs to for­eign na­tion­als, ma­jor­ity of them were “un­reg­is­tered Afghan refugees” dur­ing this pe­riod, of­fi­cials as­signed to in­ves­ti­gate this scam claimed. “NADRA has 48 hours for sub­mit­ting a work plan with a set dead­line for ini­ti­a­tion of Na­tional Plan for Re-ver­i­fi­ca­tion of CNICs across Pak­istan”, said the Min­is­ter.

“This mea­sure would help us to en­sure that in fu­ture no alien will be able to use Pak­istani CNIC and pass­port, be­sides re­moval of those aliens now hold­ing Pak­istani CNIC”, the In­te­rior Min­is­ter was quoted as say­ing. Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar con­firmed that NADRA blocked over 0.23 mil­lion sus­pi­cious Na­tional Iden­tity Cards in past five years. I hope that the In­te­rior Min­is­ter, who is a leader of vi­sion, com­mit­ment and fore­sight, would not leave the mat­ter at that and apart from fix­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for is­suance of CNICs and pass­ports to for­eign­ers, and di­rect­ing NADRA for pre­par­ing a road-map to launch a coun­try-wide CNIC, would de­vise a fool­proof mech­a­nism to avoid re­cur­rence of the prac­tice in fu­ture. — Karachi

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