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Nadra temporarily unblocks 150,000 CNICs

Nadra temporarily unblocks 150,000 CNICs

The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) on Tuesday temporarily unblocked around 150,000 computerised national identity cards (CNICs) out of a total of around 350,000 it had blocked earlier, sources told DawnNews.

Sources in the interior ministry further said that the authorities were considering unblocking 20,000 more CNICs.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had announced two weeks ago that all blocked CNICs, except 174,184 such cards belonging to ‘confirmed aliens’, will be unblocked for a temporary period of 60 days.

The unblocked CNICs will remain valid until the completion of investigations into their holders and an attestation process for the cards are completed, the sources said.

Wources also informed DawnNews that CNICs of another 1,510 people have been blocked on the recommendations of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta), which has compiled a more comprehensive list of people named in the Fourth Schedule — the government's list of undesirable individuals who must be kept under watch and whose activities need to be monitored closely.

The details of people enlisted in the Fourth Schedule have also been forwarded to the banks. It was compiled in coordination with the intelligence agencies and the police, sources said.

Those enlisted in the Fourth Schedule will not be able to use their bank accounts, arms and driving licences, and passports in Pakistan.

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