|Pakistan Observer: Dated 07 August, 2012|
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Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik has written letters to leaders of all political parties requesting their assistance in mobilizing Pakistani citizens to obtain their computerized national identity cards (CNlCs), which is also a pre-requisite for registration as voters; this was stated in statement issued here today. In his letter Chairman NADRA emphasized that political parties’ outreach and presence across the country provides an opportunity to NADRA to access pockets of population that remains unregistered. NADRA will extend its Data Acquisition Units (DAUs) to the door steps of citizens and is ready to perform registration operations through numerous mobile units, he said in the letter. NADRA has 452 National Registration Centers, 252 Mobile Registration Vans and 70 Semi Mobile Unites countrywide registration centers registering adults in far flung areas. He urged political parties to identify especially women folks who are still unregistered.
He also reiterated and reinforced the institutional commitment to political neutrality, egalitarianism and public interest. These principles have guided NADRA over the past five years and will continue to prevail, strengthening public trust of citizens of Pakistan and credibility around the world. He also extended his personal gratitude for their support and confidence that they have reposed in NADRA, enabling to achieve as great landmark as more than 90% registration of citizens and preparation of Final Electoral Rolls under the supervision of Election Commission of Pakistan.
He said NADRA has emerged as a well-respected state of the art public institution, providing prompt and efficient services to the public. However, greater goals have yet to be achieved. There continues to be population who does not have Computerized National Identity Cards, most of them being of women from far flung rural areas.
He assured that all systems of NADRA are secure and very well safe-guarded and invited them to NADRA Headquarters to brief about NADRA and its different projects.
NADRA has said that through the official handout that this latest evidence regarding the issue presented an altogether different story leaving no room for doubt that this was nothing but a despicable attempt to undermine the strength of Pakistan’s Computerised National Identity Card and passport issuance systems and an attempt to damage a government organisation and make the citizens lose faith in critical and sensitive operations of the country.
“Operational systems at NADRA are in place and are out of reach for any malicious activity. Each transaction is logged and complete audit trail is preserved. NADRA management has a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of breach of security and is fully committed to safeguard the National Database.” Apparently, it is concluded that this activity has been designed with a malicious intent to malign Pakistan and build case for any recurrence with reference to the international event like Olympics.
NADRA deplores all baseless accusations put forward on the security and safety of its database by this concocted and fictitious story and will use all possible avenues, in Pakistan and the UK, to bring the culprits of this fake scam to justice.