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SC summons interior minister over ‘exorbitant’ Nadra fee for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in a case pertaining to the charging of an exorbitant fee from Pakistanis living abroad for issuance and cancellation of identity cards.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to excessive fee Nadra has been charging from non-resident Pakistanis.

He asked the interior minister and secretary to appear before the court to explain why a summary with regard to Nadra’s fee structure for overseas Pakistanis was rejected by the ministry.

Earlier, the chief justice had observed that Nadra should facilitate Pakistanis living abroad and provide monetary concessions to them on the issuance of identity cards.

He reprimanded the Nadra chairman, who was in attendance, for charging excessive fee.

He took strong exception to charging of up to Rs25,000 fee for registration with Nadra, saying why they were being exorbitantly charged.

To which, Nadra official said maintaining Nadra centers abroad and payment of salaries to the staff were the reason behind inflated fee structure.

The bench asked them to apprise it of details of the staff and Nadra centers abroad.



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