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The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has listed 40 officials who have been involved in the issuance of fake national identity cards. A total of 64,000 fake CNICs have been issued in the first half of 2015, whereas only 24,000 fake CNICs were issued in 2014.

Recently, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the media that some 26 fake CNICs were issued by NADRA in 2011, 493 in 2012, 6,000 in 2013, 22,000 in 2014 and 64,000 this year. All of these cards had been blocked, he said.

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The scrutiny was carried out after the law enforcement agencies recovered Pakistani passports and computerized national identity cards (CNICs) in possession of a number of local and foreign terrorists they killed or apprehended as part of the ongoing terror purge.

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Recently, NADRA has introduced an online system for issuance and renewal of CNICs as well as a DNA testing lab. However, it may increase the risk the cybercrime for individuals.

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A NADRA spokesperson confirmed to The Express Tribune that the chairman’s office had received the ISI report. “All CNICs which were issued to foreigners as mentioned in the report were blocked as soon as we received it,” he said.

The NADRA chairman has ordered a departmental inquiry against the officers accused in the report and that strict action would be taken against those found guilty, he added.