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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.