82.5 mln CNICs reverified: Nisar

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82.5 mln CNICs reverified: Nisar

ISLAMABAD, Sep 23 (APP): Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here Friday said 82.5 million Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) out of the total 105 million had been reverified in the three-month campaign.

Speaking at a press conference, the minister said the
remaining CNICs would be reverified in another month.

He said a permanent mechanism would be put in place for
reverification of CNICs to root out fake cards from NADRA
system.

He informed that NADRA had identified 200,000 fake identity
card holders.

The minister said during the campaign 50,000 cards were
blocked and 10,000 cases were sent to intelligence agencies for further probe.

He remarked that the previous governments did not pay
any heed to the issue of fake identity cards compromising the national interest.

During campaign against fake documents, 2000 persons on their own disowned Pakistani nationality to avoid arrest and legal action, he said.

He said tens of thousands of CNICs had been blocked,
adding it was his extreme desire that cards of genuine citizens should be unblocked and in that regard a policy would be announced next week.

The minister indicated to fix a time limit in which a person would be cleared for the issuance of his identity card, if nothing was found against him.

He said the government previously carried out crackdown
against fake passport holders and cancelled 2000 diplomatic and official passports given to unauthorised persons.

In the past, 29,000 foreigners acquired Pakistani passports
which were cancelled. Those passports were used for human
trafficking.

Nisar said action was taken against 18 officials of NADRA and
eight were arrested, seven were on pre-arrest bail while three were still at large.

More arrests would be carried out and departmental action
would be taken against the accused who committed treason against the country and sold identity cards for money, he said.

He said the misuse of passports and CNICs had been minimised through a persistent campaign.

The minister announced that e-passports would be
issued soon, while more NADRA centres would be opened to
facilitate citizens applying for identity cards.

In the first phase, new offices would be opened in Karachi,
Lahore, Quetta and Gujranwala.

A helpline would also be established to redress complaints of
citizens against NADRA and the interior ministry would monitor performance of NADRA offices.

To a question about attack on an Indian military base in Uri,
Occupied Kashmir, Chaudhry Nisar said India blamed Pakistan for the incident without any evidence.

India had been making contradictory statements to malign
Pakistan, he said adding, Director General Military Operations of India also denied the statement attributed to him and censorship was imposed on media in India.

To another question, Nisar said Election Commission imposed restrictions because of which he could not visit Taxila where a bye- election would be held.

He said Election Commission (EC) could not implement its rules  on others, adding it should take action against Imran Khan for violating its code of conduct.

Asked to comment on an incident involving officials of motorway and armymen, he termed it a serious issue and a test case for army and said action should be taken against those who took law into their own hands.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had been formed to probe the matter, he added.

To a question about MQM, he said it was a defining moment and the way MQM Pakistan stood up against its leader, it should be given space and we should not doubt about it.

Urdu speaking people were very patriotic and they
should not get a feeling of any sort that they were being targeted.

Nobody could think that MQM leadership could take such a big step against Altaf Hussain, he said adding everybody who stood up should be supported.

Chaudhry Nisar said a reference was being sent to Interpol to bring back Brahamdagh Bugti to Pakistan.