Western media, mainly the CNN, showed images of the Computerized National ID Card of Tashfeen Malik, one of the suspects involved in San Bernardino, California, shooting last week.
CNN produced an image (also displayed below) and claimed it was the ID card of the lady who was allegedly involved in the shooting that killed 14 at a social services centre for the disabled and wounded 17 last Wednesday.
Since then, a lot of Pakistanis who are familiar with the looks and feels — particularly the fonts — of CNICs, are mocking CNN for displaying a fake CNIC to the whole world.
Well the reality is — even if you don’t like it — the CNIC shown by CNN is real and legitimate and a CNIC is indeed registered with Tashfeen Malik’s name with Nadra with the exact ID card number as shown by the CNN.
Front side of Tashfeen Malik’s CNIC, as shown by CNN
Back side of Tashfeen Malik’s CNIC, as shown by CNN
For those, who think that fonts on Tashfeen’s CNIC are strange or even the look and feel of CNIC card is odd, this is not the scan of real ID card, but in fact a print out of Tashfeen’s CNIC that law enforcement agencies use for their reference.
In simpler words, if you have a CNIC number, you just input the number in a software called Verisys) that’s attached with NADRA’s database, and give print command to get a print out of the CNIC card that will look like what Tashfeen’s CNIC is shown above.
For those who don’t know, Verisys is Nadra’s tool — available to various law enforcement agencies and departments — to get print outs of CNIC numbers.
We have checked with NADRA officials to be sure that this is a real and legit CNIC, but you can verify it yourself too, and it’s simple.
Send the CNIC number to 8300 and 7000 (charges may apply) to see if the card is indeed registered with Tashfeen Malik’s name or not.
We did this for you and received below response from 8300 and 7000:
Just in case if you are wondering, both 8300 and 7000 are NADRA’s publicly available short codes for getting polling station information against any CNIC and name and father’s name of any CNIC card holder.