Earlier today, Dr. Arif Alvi, the member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the National Assembly of Pakistan was granted bail based on the CNIC that was shown via WhatsApp.
Dr. Alvi forgot his CNIC at home but managed to make his situation work out just fine by showing it via the popular messaging application, WhatsApp. This event because was used in a judicial preceding makes us wonder is it just for the politician or now everyone can do just the same.
Social media platforms including WhatsApp have been gaining wide popularity among the Pakistanis where the growing digital population of the country prefers them to stay updated and informed about what is happening around the world.
Nowadays many people also carry photocopies of their CNIC but if this new development is applicable across the country, people can stop themselves from falling prey to countless copies of their identity cards and can keep a digital copy in their WhatsApp.
There is also a bigger follow-up question that needs to be addressed that is whether legal documents presented via WhatsApp are admissible in the court of law now as well?
Pakistan is surely moving forward in Digital front with the rapid development of the IT sector but still, the dangers of this digital world cannot be overlooked like one cannot determine whether a CNIC is real or fake via a messaging app.
Still, if Dr. Arif Alvi is allowed this luxury, what’s there to stop the rest of the Pakistanis from doing the same thing