Pak govt sets date for
surrender of duplicate
National Identity Cards

ABU DHABI — Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior has warned its overseas nationals not to keep duplicate national identity cards including the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis.

By Haseeb Haider

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Published: Sat 13 Nov 2010, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:58 PM

The ministry has advised those who have more than one such identification cards, to cancel the duplicates by February 28, 2011, after paying a fee of Dh440.

According to an official source, many Pakistani nationals have duplicate identification papers, which they obtained due to various reasons including incorrect information therein about their date of birth, name, address and other particulars. Instead of surrenderingthe card with errors before applying foran amended card, many people have retained the old cards, which is illegal, the ministry said.

The ministry which has taken-up a gigantic task of issuing machine readable passports to its seven million nationals living overseas, faces obstacles due to the duplicate cards.

The ministry has directed the non-resident Pakistanis to surrender their additional cards on the said date to avoid being slapped with legal action, including jail or fine.

Pakistani expats here have been directed to immediately contact the Nadra offices at their embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai for cancellation as early as possible to avoid inconvenience.

All individuals holding ‘duplicate’ cards must bring both the original and the duplicate cards to theNadra office for cancellation along with the copies of their passports.

“If any individual does not have the original and or duplicate ID cards, he/she should provide the photocopy of the same or provide the number of both the cards for cancellation along with the copy of a police report,” the ministry said.

After expiry of the deadline all duplicate cases will be dealt by the court, the ministry said. A personwho has two or more identification cards, but has lost them, will have to appear personally at the Nadra headquarters in Pakistan, to obtain a new card after cancelling theduplicate, an official said.

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