On Saturday, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan assured the citizens of Pakistan that the process to re-verify all Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) will be completed in the next six months.
Addressing a news conference in Kallar Syedan (Rawalpindi), he said,
“Re-verification of CNICs is a national duty. I’m committed that there can be no compromise on the security of the country as well as the nation; I would complete the task, as earlier SIMs re-verification was also done successfully through the bio-metric system.”
Family Heads Will be Called By NADRA To Verify CNICs
“In the first phase of re-verification of CNICs all family heads – who are 25 million in number – will get SMS on cellular phones in which they will be forwarded their family-tree. In case the family head determines that there is no extra person in his family-tree, he will not be required to respond to the SMS. However, he is required to reply to the SMS if someone other than his family has been counted as his family member,” he explained.
This makes it clear that if the family head detects that an outsider has been registered in his family, he must report this anomaly to the nearest office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and ensure the record is corrected.
People to Verify Family Members via SMS
After this phase, there will be a second phase that involves verification of nationals through the data of PTA. Elaborating on this second phase, the Interior Minister said,
“In the second phase of this exercise which is linked with the national security, all SIM owners, who are 100 million in number, will get a text to verify their family members. The data of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is being used for this purpose.”
He also announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to anybody who identifies and reports a foreign national possessing a Pakistani identity card.
Given Pakistan’s security situation, the National Database Registration Authority has its task cut out for it. The concerned authority has to make sure that the process of re-verification of CNICs proceeds without inconveniencing the public while at the same time, keeping the security and integrity of its database up to date.