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1685 aliens voluntarily returned Pakistani CNICs, NADRA tells Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: In a major development in relation to NADRA’s ongoing CNIC re-verification drive, 1685 aliens have voluntarily returned Pakistani CNICs as a result of a strong national security drive initiated on the instructions of the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Nisar was chairing a high-level security meeting here on Wednesday, where he ordered to initiate legal and disciplinary proceedings against NADRA officials who had willfully included aliens in NADRA database and also against those who illegally possessed fake CNICs.

According to details, 1549 Afghanis, 44 Bangladeshis, one Indian and an Indonesian had returned their Pakistani CNICs. It was also conveyed by NADRA that so far around 67.9 million CNICs have been verified by NADRA and over 48,000 aliens were identified.

Nisar appreciated the response of the citizens since 92,300 people had themselves called on NADRA helpline for identification of aliens and verification of their identification cards record.

Nisar also approved the reward list of 45 citizens who helped NADRA in 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.

“The arms licenses policy should be strict since limited arms licenses would be issued in a controlled and transparent manner,” he said.

The Interior Minister also gave approval  to 50 INGOs to operate in Pakistan, while the cases of 15 INGOs are under scrutiny by the INGOs committee of Ministry of Interior who would be allowed to work upon approval.

He also directed 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 provision of armed licenses to the judges of superior judiciary (including High Courts), media houses, educational institutions (in the backdrop of APS School and Bacha Khan University terrorist attacks), armed forces officials, members of the Parliament and Provincial Assemblies,” he said.

Nisar 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.”

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