Thousands of CNICs issued to foreigners by Nadra officials


ISLAMABAD:Regional offices of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) particularly in Balochistan and Karachi have issued thousands of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to foreigners during the last few years, putting the country’s security at risk, a senior Nadra official told Business Recorder on condition of anonymity.

“The issuance of CNICs to foreign nationals particularly Afghanis, Bengalis, Burmese, and Iranians is continuing in Karachi and Balochistan,” he added. The official accused NADRA regional offices of issuing CNICs to foreigners on fake documents including fake domiciles after payment of a bribe. “NADRA officials enter the names of foreigners in the record of Pakistani citizens (like that of family tree) and issue CNICs to them,” he said.

“The issuance of CNIC to a foreigner is not impossible without connivance of NADRA officials and the concerned authorities need to take prompt and exemplary action against those government officials who verify or attest registration forms, domicile and other relevant documents of foreigners as well as those Nadra officials complicit in this unlawful activity, ” he said.

A CNIC also implies the issuance of a Pakistani passport upon request. NADRA chairman Usman Mobeen had acknowledged to Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics a few months ago that some Nadra officials were found involved in issuance of CNICs to foreign nationals and claimed that NADRA had so far taken action against 272 officials while inquiries against others were pending. “The centre in-charge of NADRA regional offices can not forge duplicate CNICs to Pakistanis, but can issue CNIC to foreign nationals,” the source said.

A few days go Anti-Human Trafficking Circle of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid on a NADRA office in Keamari, Karachi and arrested deputy director registration, Abdul Qadeer for issuing CNICs to foreigners including Indians, Afghanis, Bangladesh, Burmese and Iranians. He obtained fake birth certificates and Form-B for these foreign nationals from the local union councils and then fraudulently included their names in the family trees of Pakistani nationals, making it easy for them to get a Pakistani CNIC.

Source: Business Recorder