Nadra Chairman Usman Mobin recently disclosed that the national identification authority has sacked over 600 people from its offices for issuing CNICs illegally.
He told this to the Senate’s Functional Committee on Less Developed Areas on Thursday, adding that some 160,286 CNICs were issued to aliens or non-residents of the country. The committee was chaired by Senator Mir Kabir.
“We have removed over 600 employees after conducting several inquiries into the illegal issuance of CNICs to aliens.”
During the proceedings of the committee, Senator Nisar Muhammad asked who were those people who were laid off. Mr. Mobin replied that about 500 of them worked as data entry operators.
Hearing this, the committee asked how much salary was being paid to such operators. The NADRA chairman revealed that a data entry operator usually earns Rs. 20,000. In response, he was asked how much money did he receive as NADRA chairman. Mr. Mobin replied reluctantly that he was paid Rs. 800,000 for his position.
The committee, after listening to the answer, advised the NADRA chairman to “financially empower the Nadra employees to avert any corruption and wrongdoing in the system.”
Mr. Mobin furnished further details about the illegal CNICs, sharing some numbers with the committee about how widespread the issue was. He revealed that 160,286 confirmed aliens with families had been detected across the country.
He broke down the numbers region-by-region:
- 41,554 in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa,
- 40,042 in Sindh,
- 38,063 in Punjab,
- 24,503 in Balochistan,
- 7,046 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata),
- 6,149 in Islamabad,
- 1,973 in Kashmir,
- 835 people from abroad,
- 121 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
In the end, he revealed that about 78,939 intruders were found in the re-verification program. The community reported 15,752 aliens whereas about 3,640 non-nationals turned themselves in and voluntarily surrendered their illegal ID cards.