Block all SIMs issued on invalid, expired ID cards, Naqvi orders Nadra

  • Directs establishment of model Nadra offices across country

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Thursday ordered the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) to block all mobile phone SIMs issued on invalid and expired identity cards.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi issued the directive during visit to the Nadra headquarters in Islamabad where he also inspected all sections including printing.

On the occasion, Naqvi instructed for the establishment of model Nadra offices across the country, pattern on the model police stations, established in Punjab. He asserted the model Nadra offices will improve service delivery and provide convenience to the public.

Nadra Chairman Lt-Gen Muhammad Munir Afsar welcomed Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi on arrival at the National Database and Registration Authority Headquarters.

The Federal Interior Minister also presided over an important meeting at the Nadra headquarters.

During meeting Mohsin Naqvi directed that SIM cards issued on ineffective and expired identity cards should be closed as soon as possible.

“The fee for death certificate is being abolished for the convenience of the public,” Naqvi said.

He said that the establishment of model police stations in Punjab improved the image of the public along with service delivery.

Mohsin Naqvi directed to effectively deal with the issues of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates and system should be introduced in collaboration with the Union Council offices.

He further directed to ensure complete security of citizens’ data. “More facilities should be provided on mobile platforms for the convenience of people,” the Interior Minister directed.

He said that social media should be used effectively to promote the institution’s initiatives, so that more people can benefit from these facilities.

He also praised the excellent performance of Nadra Chairman Lt-Gen Muhammad Munir Afsar, saying he has made NADRA a public-friendly institution through various initiatives.

Naqvi also praised the services of the institution for providing excellent services in civil registration.

During the meeting, the Federal Interior Minister was briefed about all the sectors at Nadra headquarters.

He also planted saplings in the lawn of Nadra headquarters as part of the plantation campaign.

The Nadra chief presented NADRA Roadmap for year 2024-25 to the minister.

The roadmap includes a modern and phased security architecture, cyber security audits and employee cyber security awareness.

The Nadra Strategic Plan, which also detailed the steps towards 100 percent registration of citizens.

The Federal Minister was briefed that upgradation of Nadra technology and infrastructure and online platforms of registration centers will also be improved.

By which Pakistanis living abroad including local citizens will also get access to these facilities in an efficient manner.

It was briefed that Nadra plans to set up self-service kiosks at registration centers and provide mobile registration.

Plans are also underway to extend the shift hours at selected centers and provide service on weekly holidays as well.

Federal Secretary Interior Khurram Agha, Board members of Nadra and all senior officials of Nadra attended the meeting.

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