ILLEGALY ISSUED CNICs & CYBER SECURITY

December 16, 2023by admin

NADRA is responsible for creating, managing and securing National Identity Database of Pakistan. Recently there have been reports and speculations circulating about illegal issuance of CNICs and Cyber Security at NADRA. For sake of transparency and informing the public, this press release aims at presenting facts and figures related to both issues and rectification measures. External factors like unreliable supporting documents, verification mechanism, attestation and legal lacunae occasionally lead to issuance of illegal CNICs. Internal factors like involvement of few employees in malpractices for financial gains also sometimes add to the problem. Through its robust monitoring and corrective mechanism more than 18000 illegal CNICs were identified and cancelled. NADRA is resorting to stringent rectification measures through better coordination with other stakeholders and strict internal scrutiny. Newly introduced measures include: biometric verification of parents and blood relatives during processing, informing head of the family through SMS, two-factor authentication for data access and an improved internal oversight. These efforts have resulted into proactive identification and mitigation of malafide attempts for issuance of illegal CNICs. Disciplinary measures have been taken against violators and facilitators and process of departmental accountability and inquiry has been further streamlined. 30% of internal inquiry has been concluded resulting into termination and major penalties to defaulters. JIT has been additionally constituted to probe into illegal issuance of any CNIC and other documents. Sequel to cybersecurity breach in April 2023, NADRA is working hand in glove with all stakeholders for strengthening cybersecurity which, like other countries, remain a constant concern.

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