Ministry of Interior has made some shocking revelation today in its written reply submitted to the Senate which shows that a staggering amount of 65,003 fake CNICs are present in Pakistan.
Punjab has taken the lead in this race with 20,865 fake CNICs to its name. Sindh came in second followed by Quetta with 11859, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 10,884 fake, Azad Jammu Kashmir with 832 fake CNICs.
Gilgit Baltistan has the least amount of fake CNICs in the country which are equal to 832. It is a very alarming situation especially for a country that is plagued with terrorism.
Last year the government announced a penalty of 7 years in jail for anyone who will be carrying a counterfeit CNIC but as we can see the number don’t seem to dwindle.
Last year Chaudhary Nisar, the Interior Minister of Pakistan revealed that in the previous three and half years the government of Pakistan has blocked around 450,000 counterfeit CNICs. He then admitted that there were problems in NADRA but the government is bringing in positive reforms.
According to the stats provided by Nisar, 26 fake CNICs were canceled in 2011, 493 in 2012, 6,000 in 2013, 22,000 in 2014, 96,000 in 2015 and around 223,512 in 2016.