The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) staged a protest on Sunday with students that were expelled from various schools on the basis of the Form B; a document that verifies a child’s parents. Legally, students need to have a registered Form B to be enrolled in a school. Given the circumstances however, the law for a Form B to be a requirement needs to be conditional, and each case needs to be treated separately in order to allow for the failures of the bureaucratic process. The right to education is a basic right of every child, and bureaucratic red tape should not get in the way of this right under any circumstances. Education is already left ignored by the government, but the outright denial of education to those who recognise this as a need is criminal.

Apart from the provision of education for students, all those with blocked or invalid NICs have a whole host of problems to contend with. Restrictions on travelling and getting harassed for documents that they can never get from all public office holders are the two most basic issues faced. Over 300000 people have ID cards that have been blocked by the government, and the spillover effect of this to their families makes the real number of affected much higher.

NADRA is efficient in registering cases that require no special attention, but rejects all requests for registration if there is even the slightest issue with the residential status of a citizen. The criterion for cancellation based on suspicion alone is extremely flawed and needs immediate review. What is to stop government officials from using their power to exploit this rule? How does one go about proving that they are not terrorists or Afghan nationals? Even if we ignore the racism pakhtuns have to face in their own country in other spheres, this direct form of exclusion in the form of curtailing rights cannot continue, because it effects future generations the most.