State Minister for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi on Friday informed the National Assembly that new special unit in Nadra will be constituted to address the issue of blocked Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) on emergency basis.

The minister said this while responding to blocked computerized National Identity Cards issue of residents of erstwhile Fata. He said that the issue of blocked CNIC had also been discussed in the federal cabinet and government had devised comprehensive policy to address the issue.

The minister said that the government will not compromise on the issue of country’s security. “We have only one agenda there will be no compromise on the issue of country’s security, we will not bow down, we will make the country secure, we have to take some dough decisions.”

All the intelligence agencies and other relevant institutions are working in close coordination to ensure security of the people, he added. He said that the tribal people will also be taken on board to address their genuine complaints and protect their rights.

He said, “Total numb of CNIC in FATA is 28,39,819 and out of which 6,824 are blocked. About 6,546 cards are from Pakhtoon community while 278 of such cards belonged to the members of other community.”

He said that in 2017 total numbers of blocked CNICs in FATA were 12,056 while the number in 2018 had declined to 6824. Shehryar Afridi said that total Computerized National Identity Cards are over 140 million out of which 1,81270 are blocked due various reasons.

Giving province wise data of blocked cards of Pakhtoon community , he said, 16,678 cards are blocked in Sindh, 13,951 in Punjab, 44,231 in KPK, 2,526 in Islamabad, 10 in GB, 6,824 in FATA, 18,287 in Balochistan and 486, AJK and 266 overseas Pakistani.