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Nisar gives nod to NIC verification process

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has given nod to the road map for the multi-dimensional verification of national identity cards encore for which a helpline has also been established while the head of the family will be sent SMS instead of letter, Interior ministry spokesman said.

According to Interior ministry of sources the road map will be implemented immediately while NADRA will use Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) biometric system for the verification of identity cards.

PTA ‘s biometric SIMs data comprises 13 million cell phone users. According to NADRA spokesman a question-like SMS will be sent to the head of the family to verify family members.

According to sources the head of the family will give reply in negative for wrong input after which he has to report to the nearest NADRA office so as to correct the record. Fake identity card holders will be given two months time during which no action will be taken against them if they produced their identity card.

According to authorities as per the road map NADRA will also establish a helpline for verification and it will be capable of handling 10,000 calls and 300,000 SMS. Sources also said that 15 districts of the country attract special attention over issuance of fake identity cards and they were identified after the revelation of fake identity card of head of Afghan Taliban Mulla Mansoor who was killed in a drone attack recently.