ISLAMABAD - National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has warned a strict disciplinary action against those employees of the authority who on Thursday participated in a protest in Karachi demanding raise in their salaries.

The official work of NADRA remained at suspended in Karachi as its employees observed pen-down strike demanding increase in their salaries and the formation of their service structure.

Nadra Spokesman Faik Ali while addressing a press conference along with DG (Operations) Nadra Syed Muzaffar Ali mentioned a number of steps taken under the supervision of incumbent chairman Nadra Usman Mubin for the welfare of the employees. "Despite this if the employees are agitating, then disciplinary action would be taken against these employees under Compulsory Service Act," Faik Ali said.

He also said that Nadra had recently sacked its 116 employees out of 372 inquires opened against those who were found involved in making fake CNICs of Afghan nationals and in corrupt practices.

"The incumbent chairman sanctioned facility of house hiring for Nadra employees, implemented heath policy for the first time in the authority, additional increments as well as allowance were announced on performance basis," Faik mentioned one of the initiatives taken by the new chairman Nadra Usman Yousif Mobin.

He said that a competent consultant had been hired to form service structure of employees while a package had also been announced for children of Nadra employees.

Faik said that a transparent policy regarding foreign postings of Nadra employees had been formulated under the directions of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Unlike the practice of past when political postings were made, the authority had posted 14 employees on merit and called back those who were appointed violating merit. He said that a policy draft had also been prepared for the promotion of employees.

DG (Operations) Nadra Syed Muzaffar Ali endorsed Fail Ali's stand point and added, "There are forums available in the authority to address the grievances of employees and they should not protest in this way."

He said that disciplinary action would be taken against those Nadra employees found preparing fake CNICs of Afghan nationals as operation Zare-Azb was in progress.

To a question, he said that the authority had made all verifications free of cost during biometric verifications exercise of SIMs. He avoided a question under which policy retired military officers in large number had been recruited in Nadra.