Monitoring the nationals: Court orders taskforce on illegally obtained CNICs, passports


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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed a joint taskforce be formed to deliberate and investigate the illegal issuance of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) and passports to non-Pakistanis.

A PHC bench ordered the director generals of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) headquarters and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa branch, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to form this taskforce.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Mussarat Hilali, also directed the heads of armed forces and the director generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Military Operations Directorate and the Chief of Army Staff to move quickly to put a pin in the matter of leniency in assigning papers of national identity.

These orders were issued while hearing a suo motu notice on the blocking of CNICs of two Bajaur Agency residents.
CJ Khan remarked non-Pakistanis who manage to obtain local CNICs and passports frequent Afghanistan and the Middle East, and are involved in illegal businesses and money transactions. Many of them belong to high-profile criminal gangs which have contributed to the declining state of law and order, added the CJ.
Millions of people have come to the country illegally. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has a great role in overcoming this problem, said CJ Khan.
He further said that most of them had been found working for enemy agencies which was a serious threat for the state, and are also involved in activities to deceive Pakistani spy agencies. During his remarks, the CJ said there were reports that around 1.2 million Afghan citizens were issued the Pakistani CNIC.

The chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue is directed to issue notices for all authorised routes of entry to the country, including inland, and by air, and ensure proper checking of all those coming to the country. Only after their credentials are verified will they be allowed to enter the country, CJ Khan ordered. The chief justice directed the joint taskforce to not only investigate the matter of illegal documentation but also arrest those found guilty.
The PHC ordered a report be prepared in time for the next hearing on October 10.
Under the courts orders, the heads of armed forces and spy agencies can seize NADRAS record if thought to be relevant to the matter of illegally issued CNICs and passports.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 11[SUP]th[/SUP], 2013.