90,000 CNICs issued illegally to foreigners -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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90,000 CNICs issued illegally to foreigners

By: Farzana Shah

PESHAWAR — The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has dismissed 153 employees and registered cases against them for fraudulently issuing Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to the foreigners including Afghan nationals.

Sources informed TheNation that a report issued by the Interior Ministry stating that 90,000 such CNICs and passports, which were issued to the nationals of different countries by the outlets based in Peshawar and other parts of the country, have been cancelled. The Ministry also ordered inquiry into the matter after which a probe has been launched.

The employees of NADRA and other departments, who were found involved in this scam, have been dismissed after revelation made by the law enforcement agencies in this regard.

These employees, working in Scale 5-14, have been dismissed from their jobs under the Special Power Ordinance and the cases have also been registered against them for further action.

The report further said that so far, 90,000 such CNICs and passports have been issued to the foreigners of the different countries including Afghan nationals, who have been blacklisted by the concerned authorities.

The highest number of such CNICs and passports are issued in Sindh while Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan hold 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively. However, very less number of such CNICs were issued in FATA.

The sources said the issuance of the CNICs and passports to the foreigners in Sindh and Punjab is shocking and also a threat to the national security, as these documents can be used by the foreign spies for malicious activities.
Source: The Nation