KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday arrested two suspects including an employee of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in the case pertaining to forgery of computerized national identity cards (CNICs) in Karachi.
According to an FIA spokesman, the arrested suspects included a data entry operator and an agent of NADRA. 13 employees of NADRA involved in the forgery have been arrested so far, said the spokesperson.
It may be recalled that earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had said that NADRA offices in Karachi had issued identity cards to people who were involved in terrorism.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Sheikh Rasheed had said that the employees of NADRA had made millions of rupees by forging counterfeit identity cards. He had warned that a thorough investigation would be carried out within one month against those involved in the crime.
He had said that the people of NADRA who had issued false identity cards to terrorists would be dealt with an iron hand. He had said that NADRA would be cleansed of corrupt elements.
This should be noted that in 2019, a local court in Karachi had sentenced four employees of NADRA to 38 months in jail in a case related to making fake identity cards of foreigners.
The FIA had registered a case against those accused of making identity cards of 51 foreigners and submitted a challan to the court.
According to the Federal Investigation Agency, the suspect Hassam Hamid was in charge of NADRA Center Site Industrial Area and identity cards of foreign nationals were made under his supervision.