FIA obtains custody of Nadra official: Theft of identity cards -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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FIA obtains custody of Nadra official: Theft of identity cards

RAWALPINDI, Jan 17: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) here on Saturday obtained three days physical custody of the in charge of destruction cell at Nadra headquarters after he was arrested in connection with theft of computerised national identity cards (NICs).

Special Judge Central (anti-corruption) Baqir Ali Rana consented to the submission of the FIA official who sought physical custody of the accused, Masroor Anwar, to interrogate him and find out details about all those involved in the theft of identity cards and their subsequent use.

According to details of the case, the FIA arrested Masroor, the in charge of Nadra’s destruction cell, after a complaint was lodged about the missing of 27 NICs in December. The FIA recovered eight cards from the custody of Abida Hussain, a lady searcher at Nadra.

The agency learnt that these cards had been referred to the destruction cell but were not destroyed. The woman had obtained bail in the case. The cell destroys the ID cards that become irrelevant like in the case of the cardholder’s death, or if they are damaged or if the original NICs are recovered after the issuance of duplicate ones.

Separately the court awarded seven days physical custody of a dispenser of drug store at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital (BBSH) to the FIA after he was arrested on Friday allegedly for selling official medicines.

Mohammad Maroof was arrested by the agency after they seized an ambulance loaded with medicines from a flat near Chandni Chowk.

The medicines were meant for a drug store in BBSH for federal government employees and were taken from Federal Government Services Hospital (FGSH) in Islamabad.

The official medicines were offloaded at a flat and were stored there to be sold in the market later.

Meanwhile an anti-terrorism court (ATC) recorded the statements of two judicial magistrates in Benazir Bhutto assassination case and fixed January 24 as the next date for cross examination of the magistrates.

Source: Dawn

Date:1/18/2009