ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said on Friday that all Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) will be re-verified in the next six months and anyone with fake documents whether it is a passport or a CNIC will face 7-years in prison.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad the interior minister gave a 2-month deadline for those with fake identity papers, to willingly surrender the documents and escape prosecution, failure to do so would result in strict action against them.
The minister said the re-verification process would be completed within the next six months, and that he would personally monitor the process.
Acknowledging the task was not an easy one, he recalled how the verification of mobile SIMs was also deemed impossible and reminded everyone that 105 million SIMs were verified in a span of 90 days.
A committee will oversee the process, the minister said and proposed that a parliamentary committee be set up to supervise NADRA’s issues.
To weed out illegal foreigners a help desk would be setup, where foreigners will be identified by the public; upon correct identification the informer will be rewarded, the minister added.
Coming down hard on NADRA employees, the minister said those who would not identify fake ID-card holders within two months will face 14-year jail sentences.
Elaborating on the verification process, Nisar said every single citizen will not be individually verified and explained that 2.5 million families will be targeted for CNIC verification.
On the subject of video confessions by under-custody Afghan agents, he added that a lot of information has surfaced about Pakistani CNICs.
If I reveal those facts then everyone would be astounded, he said
The minister did share that 29,000 passports have been cancelled while millions have been blocked.
Chaudhry Nisar clarified that fake identity cards found so far, were registered during the previous government’s tenure.
Chaudhry Nisar said that Wali Muhammad was given an identity card in 2001 and a CNIC in 2002, adding that Wali Muhammad was given a passport in 2005 on the same CNIC.