Govt response sought in illegal Afghan CNICs case

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Our Correspondent
PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court has directed the interior secretary, chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority, and other relevant officials to respond to a petition about the country’s computerized national identity cards and domicile certificates allegedly obtained by scores of Afghan nationals living in Mohmand tribal district.

The petitioner requested the court to order the cancellation of all such CNICs and domicile certificates and order registration of criminal cases against the culpable Afghans.

The writ petition was moved by Hazart Khan Mohmand through his counsel Muhammad Isa Khan Advocate which heard by Justice Sahibzada Asadullah Khan of PHC.

The counsel for the petitioner informed the court that some of those Afghan nationals had also been attesting documents including domiciles certificate by posing as Maliks in an illegal manner as Maliks were not allowed to do so after the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The counsel informed PHC that Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohmand had constituted Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on 9 June 2020 to inquire the issue and conclude within two months but the task had not completed so far.

The single-member bench of PHC Justice Sahibzada Asadullah directed Secretary Interior, Chairman NADRA, DG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, DC, AC’s upper and lower Mohmand to submit comments before the court in the case before the next hearing.