NADRA so far verifies 95.026 mln CNICs under ongoing re-verification drive

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APP88-07 ISLAMABAD: December 07 - Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan chairing meeting of heads of attached departments of Interior Ministry. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (APP): National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has successfully verified 95.026 million Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) till date during ongoing national security CNIC re-verification drive.

During the drive, 3,630 aliens have voluntarily returned their Pakistani identities.

Over 66,000 intruders have been identified so far as a result of 14 million SMS sent by NADRA to family heads across Pakistan, Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was informed here on Wednesday.

He was chairing a meeting of Heads of attached departments of Interior Ministry. Those present during the meeting included Special Secretary Interior, Chairman NADRA, Director General Immigration and Passport, Inspector General of Police Islamabad, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and senior officers from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Ministry.

The six-month national security related CNIC re-verification drive is due to be completed within scheduled time.

Expressing satisfaction over completion of herculean task and overwhelming response received from public, Ch. Nisar directed NADRA to put in place a permanent and ongoing mechanism for re-verification of the CNICs that should continue throughout the year to block chances of any alien getting Pakistani identity through illegal means.

The minister directed Immigration and Passport Directorate and NADRA to dispatch teams for monitoring and ensuring better facilitation of expatriates in countries where higher number of Pakistani citizens for smooth passport and CNIC services.

He also directed Directorate General of Immigration and Passport for removing flaws from online passport system currently faced by expatriates.

“We need better public facilities coupled with facilitation,” the minister was quoted as saying by spokesperson of the ministry.

He directed the FIA to come up with a comprehensive strategy for arrests of Proclaimed Offenders (POs).

The FIA briefed the minister that it has arrested 439 POs while ICT police has arrested over 3000 POs who were wanted in various cases.

Expressing satisfaction over the drive which was initiated on his directives to nab POs, he said the FIA, the ICT police and NADRA should work in close coordination for finding way forward to address issue of blocking of the CNICs of the POs and to ensure their speedy arrests.

Ch. Nisar also directed the ICT administration for complete elimination agent mafia in its jurisdiction and taking stern action against food adulterators and professional beggars.

The ICT police briefed the minister over law and order situation in federal capital, giving comparative analysis of crime rate with past year.

The minister was informed deadline for 73 new passport offices was February 2017 after that every district will have a passport office.