In a bid to control illegal issuance of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs), National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has launched a new system of verification and renewal of identity cards.
With the new verification system, Pakistani citizens will be able to receive and verify the details of their family members via SMS on their mobile phones by sending an SMS mentioning their CNIC number and its issuance date to 8009. In response, the sender will receive details of his/her family members.
The authority’s chairman Tariq Malik gave a statement about the new verification system on Saturday, saying that “If any information is incorrect or the name of a stranger or unrelated person is included in the family, write 1 and send the SMS to inform Nadra, or go to any Nadra Registration Centre to unregister that name.”
Whereas, if the information is correct, write 2 and send the SMS to confirm the information. To avail the verification and renewal service, it is necessary to register the SMS with Nadra from the same mobile number which was provided at the Nadra Registration Centre while seeking the ID card or “B” form.
“If your mobile number is not registered with Nadra, you can visit any Nadra centre for registration or change of mobile number, and this facility is provided free of cost at all Nadra Registration Centres,” the statement said.
Nadra has introduced the IT-based solution for online renewal of CNICs to prevent human interaction amid Covid-19 crisis. Under the system, “a Pakistani can verify that no stranger or unrelated person is registered in their family, if there is any improper entry, they should report it [to] Nadra at the earliest,” said the authority’s statement.
Nadra also has launched an awareness campaign titled “Your family is safe, Pakistan is safe”.