Eight new NADRA centers to facilitate overseas Pakistanis

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Balighur Rehman on Friday told the National Assembly that eight NADRA centers are being opened in Malaysia, Bahrain, Canada and Spain to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis.

He said the offices in UK lacked human resources due to which issues arise in London, Manchester and Bradford. He, however, said mobile vans are working in the UK to reach far-flung areas.

As per the new policy, the overseas Pakistanis caught getting a duplicate identity card who already have their original card will be fined Rs 100,000 or will be jailed for one year. He said, “Keeping more than one ID cards is a crime.” He said for duplicate cards Rs 10,000 has been made mandatory. He said that 186,000 cases of duplicate ID cards are being investigated overseas.

He said the federal government is setting up passport offices at district levels across the country. He said that the focus would shift to tehsils once all districts are covered.

He said Pakistan has been deporting foreigners belonging to Category-B countries such as India “if a case of overstaying or criminal involvement is found”. He said that recently a prostitution racket belonging to Central Asian countries was deported.

He said that the Senate’s Cooperative Housing Society was registered in 1996. The society, he added, was subject to financial frauds while the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has caught and jailed several corrupt officials. He said the management committee elections were held in May 2015. He said a request has been sent to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC).

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