Nadra and fake identities

Published Aug 05, 2012 12:10am

THIS is with reference to your editorial ‘Fake identities’ (July 25). It has truly mentioned the corruption prevailing in Nadra and passport directorates. Despite the international standard and electronic technology used in making a CNIC, there are black sheep in Nadra who for some coins issue fake CNICs. Thus the fake identities mentioned may be used illegally to go abroad, to get residence, to get a job, etc.

Despite the money and technology that has been poured into modernising Nadra, its performance remains dismal. At Nadra offices at a district level there is no discipline for providing a hassle-free service. People standing in queues for hours fall into the trap of agents that have direct links inside Nadra. On payment of Rs1,000, excluding Nadra’s fees, people get their work done.

However, the Nadra Ordinance 2000 has some sections like Section 31 of the ordinance which states that no court shall take cognisance of any offence on the basis of a police report, unless a complaint is made by the gazetted Nadra. Such sections provide clear immunity to the offence from the police and courts.

In this regard, such sections must be amended in order to face the prevailing corruption within Nadra.

Nadra should take up arms against those corrupt elements once and for all in order to establish the reputation of Nadra throughout the country.

S. AHMED Hyderabad

Grievances THIS is apropos of the letters by Rana Sajid (July 11) and Hajira Aqil (July 21). I would like to share my experience so that the authorities concerned take some action to address the grievances of the general public visiting the Nadra office for getting passports or CNICs.

I have been trying to get my documents completed with Nadra authorities for almost one-and-a-half years. Unfortunately, something or the other keeps coming up to delay the process.

I got married two years ago and went to the Nadra office to have my wife’s name changed on the CNIC. Nadra authorities first rejected my ‘nikahnama’ as they claimed that it was not acceptable by them. They demanded a translation from the union council office.

When my daughter was born, I got the certificate from the hospital to get a birth certificate made from the union council.

I sent my wife to the Nadra office for my child’s B form since I was not in the country.

After visiting the Nadra office for many days my wife was able to submit the form. When I reached the Nadra office on the given date to collect my daughter’s B form, I was told that there is an objection which we had to remove.

The objection was that in the father’s CNIC his marital status was ‘single’. It was a big surprise for me since I had submitted all the documents, including the ‘nikahnama’, its verification from the union council and translation, while I renewed my wife’s CNIC, but I still had to change my card.

I started the procedure all over again for my CNIC and later when I visited the office after a month, I was surprised to know that there was another objection waiting for me.

I was told that I should also have the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) renewed as well. Now I have submitted the NICOP renewal form following the same process which I did thrice earlier. Why don’t the authorities concerned raise all the objections at the same time?

If there were such requirements, then why did they not tell us when I was submitting my daughter’s B form?

SUMAIR KHAN Doha, Qatar

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Comments (6) (Closed)


Sam
Aug 06, 2012 09:34am
RFID chips are still not used in NADRA passport and NADRA CNIC.Its very easy to fake NADRA CNIC and NADRA passports.
Saad (DXB)
Aug 06, 2012 01:11pm
On my trip to Pakistan in April this year, i was travelling from Peshawar to Islamabad via Daewoo Bus Service and met two Afghans, one of whom could not utter a single word of Pashto, Urdu or even English. They told me they have Pakistani ID cards which they got made after paying a bribe of PKR 100,000/- to NADRA officials. Immediately after getting their NADRA ID cards, they got their passports made since NADRA officials destroy the data for the fake ID cards after 1 month, which is enough time for them to get the passport, as the passport authorities only need the NADRA confirmation once a fresh passport is issued. For all renewed passports, no such verification is one. If's amazing how Pakistan's nationality is being auctioned for PKR 100,000/-. I am sure many criminals and spies of the neighbouring countries have already gotten their hands on Pakistani ID cards and Passports.
Yanti
Aug 06, 2012 02:40am
NADARA and Pakistani people in the administration are very tricky. First they introduce POC when my wife (who is not Pakistani) because I asked her invested in Pakistan they change the policy and cacell POC. Now we are finding the way to dispose off our investment and forget Pakistan.
EmMoosa
Aug 06, 2012 05:42pm
It is corrupt culture of Pakistan all over. How NADRA is spared ?. Yeh farishte to nahin.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 06, 2012 08:34am
Every criminal needs fake identity cards and documents. They set the market price for them. "Why, That's Cheating." You guessed it.
Jawwad
Aug 06, 2012 02:55pm
And why would you want to change your wife's name? And what is technology has got to do with ensuring there are no fake cards issues? Technology is after all matter of few click by a human.