Four NADRA employees and three commission agents have been arrested by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on allegations of issuing Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) to foreigners and involvement in corruption.
FIA conducted a raid on NADRA’s Mega Centre in DHA Karachi and arrested following individuals on the aforementioned allegations.
- Senior executive Sarfaraz Ahmad
- Senior executive Qaiser Khan
- Junior executive Azhar Iqbal
- Supervisor Nizamuddin
- Saleem (Commission agent)
- Qamar (Commission agent)
- Raees (Commission agent)
FIA’s anti-human trafficking Circle received multiple complaints against Nadra’s staff members and officers after which they conducted their operation and arrested the accused.
As per the complaints, Nadra officials took bribes for issuing ID cards to foreign nationals. Applications for issuance of CNICs sent by foreign nationals, however, Nadra officials allegedly rejected even genuine applications by putting unnecessary objections on the applications in order to obtain bribes.
Nadra previously blocked 40,000 CNICs issued to foreign nationals of countries including citizens of Burma, China, India, Iran and Bangladesh among few others.
This isn’t the first time that Nadra has been involved in controversy. Previously, Nadra received an intense backlash on social media for issuing CNIC to a Chinese national.