Issuing Duplicate CNICs To Flood Victims Opportunity For Terrorists
LAHORE: Foreign terrorists could take advantage of the issuance of duplicate and new Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) to the millions of flood victims across the country, according to a report submitted by intelligence agencies.
National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik said that NADRA had decided to provide duplicate CNICs to flood victims free of cost, keeping in view the destruction and loss of life caused by the floods.
He announced that the flood-affected citizens did not need to bring any documents, but simply needed to approach NADRA Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) and manpack units in their respective areas and apply for duplicate CNICs.
Warn: Sources said that intelligence agencies had submitted their reports to the authorities concerned that terrorists from various countries, including India, Afghanistan and some Arab countries, were carrying out terrorist activities. The reports said that terrorist groups always tried to use Pakistani identities as covers, and could now take advantage of the flood victims and pose as Pakistanis.
The sources said that intelligence personnel had also mentioned in their reports that this had even been done in the past. On February 23, the recovery of a Pakistani CNIC from Abdolmalek Rigi, an Iranian terrorist and head of the Jundallah group, after his arrest put a question mark on NADRA’s self-proclaimed “secure” registration system.
Iranian security personnel arrested Rigi while he was traveling on a flight heading to an Arab country via Pakistan. Rigi was allegedly carrying a CNIC issued in the name of Saeed Ahmed, son of Ghulam Haider. Interestingly, Rigi’s card was found to be original when checked by NADRA.
The sources said that intelligence personnel had also mentioned in their reports that as a result of this incident, NADRA had carried out inquiries of officials across the country. In July, thousands of NADRA officials had been dismissed from service under allegations of forgery.
The sources said intelligence personnel had recommended that the process of issuing duplicate and new CNICs to the flood victims should start after a few months, after they had been rehabilitated. The reports also recommended that attested documentation be required as evidence for the issuance of new CNICs to the flood victims.