'Attempts by thousands of aliens to get CNIC foiled' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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‘Attempts by thousands of aliens to get CNIC foiled’

KARACHI: The management of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has foiled 11,396 attempts of obtaining computerised identity cards (CNIC) by confirmed aliens, their applications have been blocked permanently and cases are marked as fraud, according to a Nadra spokesman.

Referring to news reports regarding 25,000 CNICs issued to aliens, the spokesman said in a statement that in 2008 the management of Nadra on its own initiative had started taking stern actions against aliens and making a list of suspected aliens who had their computerised cards made through fraudulent means.

He said that in 2005 Nadra had acquired biometric technology which helped in a big way to detect the aliens whose cards had either been blocked or marked as fraud so that they could not be used in any circumstances.

Moreover, the spokesman said Nadra ruthlessly dealt with any staff member found involved in illegal activities.

The spokesman said that the National Alien Registration Authority (Nara) registered aliens in Pakistan; but Nadra had also created a biometric alien watch-list which consisted of photographs and fingerprints of Afghans as well as other illegal immigrants.

Each CNIC gets issued only after passing through this watch-list and any match gets blocked as ‘Confirmed Alien’.

He said Nadra also identified over 12,074 cases where aliens had succeeded in obtaining ID cards when the biometric systems were not available with Nadra. These cards have been cancelled.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/6/2010