In an ongoing NADRA’s CNIC re-verification drive, around 1685 aliens voluntarily returned fake Pakistani CNICs as a result of a strong national security drive initiated on the instructions of the Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday.
The Interior Minister ordered for initiating legal and disciplinary proceedings against NADRA officials who had willfully included aliens in NADRA’s database and also against those who illegally possessed fake Pakistani CNICs.
A high-level security meeting chaired by Interior Minister was held to discuss the matter. The meeting was attended by secretary interior, special secretary interior, chairman Nadra and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior.
The Interior Minister observed that there should be no slackness in ongoing national security re-verification drive on part of any NADRA official since “this is a national security matter and zero tolerance policy should continue to be maintained till the termination of re-verification drive.”
The Interior Minister also gave approval, in principle, to 50 INGOs to operate in Pakistan. Cases of 15 INGOs are under scrutiny by the INGOs committee of Ministry of Interior and once they are cleared they would also be allowed to work in Pakistan.
Khan had also directed Ministry of Interior for the formation of a policy for issuance of armed licenses in a phased manner. “A policy should be framed by Ministry of Interior for the provision of armed licenses to the judges of the superior judiciary, media houses, educational institutions, armed forces officials, members of the Parliament and Provincial Assemblies,” pointed out the Interior Minister.
According to details, 1549 Afghanis, 44 Bangladeshis, one Indian and an Indonesian had returned their Pakistani CNICs. Moreover, around 67.9 million CNICs have been verified by NADRA and over 48000 aliens were identified during the ongoing NADRA’s CNIC re-verification exercise.
The Interior Minister appreciated the response of the citizens since 92,300 citizens had themselves called on NADRA helpline for identification of aliens and verification of their CNICs record.
The Interior Minister also approved the reward list of 45 citizens who helped NADRA in the identification of aliens.
“These 45 devoted Pakistanis performed their national security duty and deserve due cash reward as per the policy,” remarked the interior minister.
Besides the reward scheme, the Interior Ministry would also give a letter of appreciation to these citizens for helping the state for pointing out aliens in NADRA’s database.