CNICs verification process to be made transparent: Nisar

ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP): Minister for Interior, Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said that CNICs verification process would be made transparent and the people would not have to stand in long queues.

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) would complete reverification of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) within six months, he said while talking to reporters after chairing the 50th meeting of NADRA here.

He said those found involved in issuing fake CNICs would have to face 14 years imprisonment. Rs 10,000 award would be given to those who point out fake CNICs, while NADRA employees voluntarily indicating forgery would be given amnesty.

He said that the whole world, including Pakistan, was
facing the problem of fake CNICs and passports.

Such problem for Pakistan should not be considered as
something very strange because three million Afghan refugees were residing there for four decades, while refugees of Bangladesh and other countries were also sheltered here, the minister added.

Ch. Nisar said about 600 CNICs were canceled during the
last government and none in Musharraf’s tenure while the present government fully focused to resolve the issue and blocked 112,000 CNICs during the last five months.

“Only in my tenure as Minister for Interior,” he said that
250,000 CNICs had been blocked which reflected the seriousness to resolve this issue.

The minister said that 29,000 passports haf been blacklisted,
while coordination between NADRA and Passport Directorate had assured to block passports of those whose CNICs had been blocked.

Ch. Nisar said the re-verification of such a huge number
of people seemed difficult. But when there was a commitment nothing was impossible and he had chaired four meetings in a week.

He said a comprehensive strategy was being chalked out for re-verification of CNICs and data would be confirmed through mobile phone SIMs.

A helpline, he said, will be established for the purpose, besides, another helpline to redress grievances of those
who might have genuine grievances during the exercise for
re-verification of national identity cards.

He expressed his commitment to root out corruption from
NADRA and corrupt elements will be ousted from departments.

The minister also expressed his annoyance for recruiting
DGs within headquarters of the authority on hefty salaries and said such practices should be stopped.

Ch. Nisar said that report of DNA test of Mullah Mansoor
had been received and his death could be confirmed on scientific basis. He said that dead body of Mulla Mansoor had been handed over to his heirs who had buried him after crossing the Afghan border.

He said that all the four persons who had verified CNIC
of Mullah Mansoor had been arrested.

To a question about Afghan refugees, the minister said
that he considered them as his brothers but they should go back to their camps.

He said that NADRA was earning Rs 5.8 billion revenue
and expense of re-verification process would be borne by it.