National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has opened 2 new service centres in the ‘City of Lights’, Karachi. The centres were the authority’s most recent projects and cost a massive investment of Rs. 370 million to set up.

The centre has been placed in 2 ideal locations to accompany up to 3,000 applications a day to speed-up services in Karachi. The new NADRA centres are located at Nazimabad and DHA respectively.


The process being overseen by Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali. Another centre is currently under development at the SITE Area to be opened by the month of May. These centres are to have 105 employees working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a shift basis.

When the centres will become fully operational, NADRA is to shut down the previous centres in district South and Central to serve citizens better. According to NADRA, the new centres have the following features and services under the same roof:

  • One window operation
  • 300 seating capacity for people
  • 28 counters
  • 3 card distribution counters
  • 2 forms submission counters
  • 4 information counters
  • 3 Counters dedicated for senior citizens and disables
  • Quematic machine token system
  • 8 form approval officers
  • Centrally Air-conditioned
  • Mineral water facility
  • Prayer area facility
  • Re-verification of NADRA CNICs

The interior minister stated that the ministry he heads had blocked about 324,000 CNICs for re-verification of authenticity. Of these, the minister stated, 150,000 CNICs will not see the light of day again due to permanently being blocked by the ministry. The remaining 174,000 CNICs will have re-verification and re-registration of persons for the various services they need.

Also on notice are about 600 officials who were involved in the setting up and running of the far CNICs. These officials, according to the minister for interior, will be charged according to the stipulations of the law as a way of streamlining the services offered by the ministry.

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