Germany and Belgium had made experience of smart cards and now Pakistan was in a position to launch such a card. - AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: National Registration and Database Authority (Nadra) will issue a new Smart National Identity Card (NIC) which will be the safest and secured as it cannot be replicated, Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik said

Talking to a private news channel, Malik said that a chip will be fixed in the card which would help government to provide facilities like health, life insurance and donation in case of disaster in the country.

He said that the new smart card will be distinguished from the earlier one as it will have thirty six features.

Nadra Chairman said that Germany and Belgium had made experience of smart NICs and now Pakistan was in a position to launch such a card.

He said price of the new card would not exceed the price of the prevailing card.

Earlier on Friday while briefing the Cabinet about the features of the Smart NIC, the Chairman had said that the new card would help the holders of the card access the entitled cash disbursement programmes, financial transactions, branch-less banking, health insurance, life insurance and electronic voting.

Malik said Pakistan was preparing identity management system for Nigeria and civil registration program for Sudan was also in progress.

He said Nadra had prepared driving license of Bangladesh, passport of Kenya, refuge system of United Nation and Pakistan poverty support card for World Bank.

Nadra was among fifty top class identity companies in the world, he stated.

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July 22, 2012 7:03 pm
Wake up brother. Did you ever stay in lines to get a card in summers and the hurdles that they create. If you call this an excellence, God help the other institutions.
July 22, 2012 6:41 pm
High tech chip in a country with poor electricity / computers ?
July 22, 2012 12:27 pm
What? Pakistan after Germany and Belgium for Smart NICs. Have we met all other needs like power, health, education, etc that we worry about Smart NICs. I think its another attempt to rob the national exchequer again.
Syed Ali Hasnain
July 22, 2012 9:13 am
It is a great improvement and i hops it will keep continue of this program. New features and new teachnology will support at all places. Syed Ali Hasnain Rizvi
July 22, 2012 5:26 pm
India implented this project years behind Pakistan.
July 22, 2012 5:24 pm
Read the article again butt jee? nothing is being outsourced. In fact NADRA is helping other countries for their identity systems.
July 22, 2012 4:46 pm
Just check the Forms for NRI English & Urdu compulsary to fill in. Info of parents dead long ago is to advised Still has faith distinction.Minorit injustice was cause for creating Pakistan,but form wants to know yr faith Jinnah said First Pakistani and next faith,any LA and New York consualate are Post office to mail to Nadra. Still finds excusable faults to return
July 22, 2012 2:01 pm
NADRA is simply a card-issuing authority (NID, Passport, etc). You pay they issue. No proper verification system exist. Police, CID, NADRA employees, Passport employees and Refugee department employees all earn and help the offenders than catching them. How can you expect things to go the right way. Until honest setup is made (which is very defficult in Pakistan if not impossible) NADRA like institutions are of no use.
July 22, 2012 9:09 am
Overseas Pakistanis still won't be able to get it easily due to lack of infrastructure in resources in overseas missions like Pakistani Embassies and Consulates :( We are still not able to apply for Digital/Machine Readable passports easily over here in Saudi Arabia; At least not without having to stand in never ending queues in scorching heat under the blazing Sun. Pakistan's consular mission are a waste and way too hopeless. I'd suggest that they try to enhance the existing infrastructure and services offered rather than venturing into challenges.
July 22, 2012 5:02 pm
why is pakitstan soworry about making this smart cards, when the country should tackle better issues like education, welfare
July 22, 2012 10:00 am
NADRA is one of the few institutions in the country that are not only doing their job properly (by and large) but also excelling in certain areas. Being involved with other countries of the world just signifies that NADRA is good enough at international level. Hats off to the leaders and the work force of NADRA.
t singh
July 23, 2012 2:59 pm
world doesn't revolve around india. but any country having this program should be mentioned here. it may be india or Belgium
July 24, 2012 7:08 am
such a poor nation.dnt understand why these people making such nic card just to rob pakistanis information to sell outside the country..nothing more..some of our brothers writing its looks great,why u guys are so dumps, u r giving away your own personal information to goverment agenices,they will sell u out .very soon.
July 23, 2012 11:14 am
No one is forcing you to get one.
Usman Ahmad
July 22, 2012 4:19 pm
Link please?
Khalq e Khuda
July 22, 2012 4:43 pm
India is yet to issue any nationwide identity document and the NIC issuance is still in process while Pakistan has already implementedit.
July 22, 2012 1:52 pm
Contrary to what a lot of Indians believe, the world does not revolve around India
omer khan shaheen
July 22, 2012 11:48 am
Excellent Work NADRA! I just hope their services and offices expand with the population.
Tanveer Ahmed
July 22, 2012 11:57 am
What a great job! In Pakistanis 90% illiterate, they do not have even money to buy two times food for their familiies. Prices of essential items are exhobirant. It is nothing but another way of corruption in a corrupt currupt country.
Umer S
July 22, 2012 12:32 pm
Great!!! It took me almost a year to get the current CNICs for my family overseas. I will have to go through the hassle again? My anguish aside...electronic voting seems interesting and promising.
July 22, 2012 12:27 pm
India has a project of this type...wonder why it was not mentioned?
butt jee
July 22, 2012 12:41 pm
A very risky affair to out source handling of sensitive information about Pakistani citizens. With the pessage of time many non Pakistanis will be able to obtain this card from these outlets, posing a serious threat to national security. Never heard of any country doing this kind of thing.
July 22, 2012 2:39 pm
because india does the same.. have a good one
July 22, 2012 1:20 pm
@Tanveer: So what is your point.90% illiterate are not because of NADRA and it has nothing to do with ID card
July 22, 2012 9:58 am
Great job !! Being a loyal Pakistani i request the NADRA authorities to please do something about so many non Pakistani nationales obtaining CNICs, by just giving few thousands of bribes. A huge number of Afghani nationales are getting CNICs. One suggestion i would like to give is to start some programme on the net where one can report the illegal CNICs to NADRA.
July 22, 2012 7:42 pm
Great news, but will this stop non Pakistani to get a Pakistani passport in the UK ,in London, for £400, or so. This is a fact, and I have seen this, and not heard from a source.
Salim Shaikh
July 22, 2012 8:28 pm
A good and doable suggestion...
July 22, 2012 10:15 pm
100% i agreed agreed
July 22, 2012 11:26 pm
I agree with Mahboob, Pakistani needs the power, water and some security. Not ID cards. Why don,t we ask Germany and Belgium to help us building power plants. stop stealing the money from poor people. please.
July 24, 2012 7:14 am
true but step by step we can move forward... good work NADRA!
July 23, 2012 5:34 am
India with five times more population than Pakistan can live without any Identity card, why do Pakistanis need an Identity card? It is only used as one more source to make money.
muzammil Raza
July 23, 2012 6:15 am
it would be fantastic as it would help track the people also.... we want the most advanced, technologised and prosperous Pakistan. every step towards advancement should be taken quickly as we are far behind of other nations...
July 23, 2012 6:36 am
nice job doing nadra
July 23, 2012 7:02 am
India not living with an ID card does not mean that its a good thing NOT having a central registration system ! Not everything India does is right and not everything Pakistan does is wrong.
Waleed Ikram
July 23, 2012 7:05 am
Well Done NADRA Proud to be a Pakistani!!
moeenuddin mohmand
July 24, 2012 8:37 am
like the ideas i hope it materialise also and public should b benefited also.....
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