Interior minister grilled over NIC issued to slain Taliban leader

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal informed Senate in a written reply that contrary to media reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor had been carrying a Pakistan passport and National Identity Card (NIC) it had emerged that the card had actually been issued to a man named Muhammad Wali, son of Shah Muhammad.
The minister said in the statement that a departmental inquiry against all National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) officials involved in issuing the ‘fake’ NIC had been completed. At least three officials had been handed a “major punishment” removal from service. The minister said cases have also been registered against the accused and judicial proceedings are ongoing in the case.
Responding to the minister’s assurances, Senator Farhatullah Babar was not satisfied that action had only been taken against lower-level Nadra employees.
“This is not the solution to the problem,” he said, asking that the government should investigate who gave the orders for the card to be issued, if it was not already doing so.
The Senate was further told that a total of 65,003 ‘fake’ NICs had been found circulating in the country, of which Punjab accounted for 20,865; Sindh for 15,579; Balochistan for 11,859; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for 10,884; Fata for 3,834; Islamabad for 1,087; Azad Jammu and Kashmir for 832; and Gilgit Baltistan for only 63.