KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Chapter on Saturday staged a sit-in at Hassan Square against the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for blocking computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of a large number of people.

The sit-in was led by JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman. JI leaders Younus Barai and Abdul Jameel Khan and Human Rights Network President Intikhab Sori were also present on the occasion.

The participants and affectees reached the sit-in venue in a rally from various parts of the city, including Taiser Town, Surjani Town, Orangi Town, Metroville, Baldia Town, Landhi, Korangi and Lyari.

The participants of the sit-in were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the federal authority. They were of the view that Nadra officials were creating problems for citizens trying to get CNICs to hide their negligence. They said Nadra officials were asking for irrelevant and old documents to confirm their national identity. They said many people could not get their passports, proceed aboard or open their bank accounts due to Nadra’s decision to block their national identity cards.

Addressing the participants in the sit-in, the JI Karachi chief said the campaign initiated against the federal authority will continue until demands are accepted. Condemning the attitude of Nadra officials, Naeem said the federal authority, instead of making the process of CNICs easy, were creating problems for the citizens. He said a big number of Pakhtuns, Bengalis, Burmese and Biharis had been without CNICs because they could not produce the documents demanded by the Nadra staff to prove their identity. He said that this attitude of the federal authority had increased miseries of people.

He said that people were being asked to present documents, which were not even mentioned in the SOPs for acquiring CNICs. Demanding an end to this practice, he vowed to continue the campaign till acceptance of their demands.

Concluding the sit-in at night, Hafiz Naeem gave the federal authority fifteen days to accept the party’s demands. He said his party would seize Nadra director general’s office on February 20 if demands are not meet. He demanded the federal authority operate 15 mega centres in Karachi to accommodate the citizens applying for CNICs and start mobile services in the city for the convenience of elderly people and the disabled.