WEB DESK: Taking a swift action against the use of Pakistani CNICs by aliens, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave a 48-hour deadline to Nadra for preparing a road-map to launch “a National Plan for Re-verification of CNICs of over 180 million population.”
The re-verification roadmap has been ordered by the Minister for Interior after questions were raised over a Pakistani passport and CNIC found from drone-hit car wreckage site in Balochistan that was claimed to be documents held by Mullah Mansour, the Taliban chief.
The minister was chairing a meeting at Nadra headquarters, which was also attended by the chairman Nadra, Director General Passport and Immigration, and officials of FIA. “Nadra has 48 hours to submit a work plan with a set deadline for initiation of National Plan for Re-verification of CNICs across Pakistan,” remarked Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
“After the emergence of the CNIC the message has gone to the world that Pakistan’s CNIC can be used by anyone. This is against our strategic, security and national interest,” the spokesman for the Interior Minister quoted the minister as saying. “Let’s not send a message to the world that Pakistani ID is easily available to anyone who is willing to pay for it.
Being a responsible state we will ensure that the usage of CNIC by any alien is completely eliminated after this exercise,” remarked the Minister for Interior. “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 currently holding Pakistani CNICs,” directed the Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that once the road-map was approved for the needed national exercise of re-verification of CNICs by Nadra, it must be ensured that general public remained at ease and “re-verification of CNIC must be done in a most cordial and friendly way.”
The Minister for Interior asked to speed up the process of blocking of Pakistani CNICs held by aliens, adding: “national security agencies will also assist Nadra in future for ensuring the blockade of CNICs and their verification.” The Minister for Interior also instructed the top level hierarchy of Nadra to address the issue without any further loss of time.
“I have received complaints that CNICs were blocked by Nadra of Pakistanis who were citizens of the state, this must also be addressed on a emergent basis,” remarked the minister. The minister said that Nadra officers and its senior level hierarchy must live up to the emoluments, and perks provided to them since this money is coming from the taxes of the public, adding that “inefficient and underperforming director generals be removed from the service of Nadra.”
He directed chairman Nadra to take immediate steps to purge Nadra of corrupt element on a fast track basis. He said there should be zero tolerance for corruption at all levels and a comprehensive way forward should be put up to him in the next meeting within next few days. -PR