ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Interior is reluctant to pay back the outstanding dues amounting to Rs 190 million to National database and Registration Authority (NADRA) as charges for providing services of online verification of CNICs to Directorate General of Immigration & Passports, an attached department of the ministry. NADRA, the other day, disconnected its verification services of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) for all office of Passport Directorate through out the country by shutting down its data transfer system for hours as a protest for the recovery of its outstanding an official of the ministry confirmed. Thus the whole system of issuance of passports of the directorate remained at stand still for a day, he further informed. However, well-placed sources informed that NADRA restored its online verification system for passport office on the written assurance of the Interior Ministry that the outstanding dues would be paid within the time period of three months. The names of some top bosses of the Ministry of Interior had earthed during last year in Haj scam when the ministry had refused to pay back the outstanding dues of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, that were in millions, for providing accommodation in Saudi Arabia to around 200 pilgrims who performed Haj on its (Ministry of Interior) invitation. An official of the NADRA wishing not to be named said that NADRA was providing online verification services to the directorate already on subsidized rates as compared to other organizations and departments. We are providing this service to banks and other departments at the rate of Rs 45 per data verification print but passport office is paying us Rs 12 per verification, he said, adding that the authority had to bear technology cost and data ware charges to run its online verification system. According to an official estimate, Passport Directorate earns Rs 8 billion to Rs 10 billion annually on the head of fees that it charges from the citizens for issuance of passports but the Interior Ministry was reluctant to pay back the dues of NADRA, an official of the passport office said while criticizing the ministry.