PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has moved a resident of Mohmand tribal district to seek orders to revoke the country’s computerised national identification cards and home certificates allegedly obtained by scores of Afghan nationals residing in his region.
In the petition, Hazrat Khan Mohmand claimed that some of those Afghan nationals had also certified papers, including domicile certificates, by illegally posing as maliks because, after the unification of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the maliks were not permitted to do so.
He asked the court to order the appropriate government officials to stop CNICs, domicile forms and other documentation from certifying those Afghans.
The respondents to the petition are the Federal Government, through the Secretary of the Interior, the National Database and Registration Authority, through its Director-General, the Provincial Directorate of Nadra, the Deputy Commissioner of the Mohmand Tribal District, Commissioner (Afghan Refugees) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Assistant Commissioner of the Baizai and Upper Mohmand Districts, and a number of residents reported by the petitioner to be
Mohmand resident seeks cancellation of those cards in his district
The complainant, whose counsel in the case is Mohammad Isa Khan Khalil, reported that several news conferences had been organised by the elders of the Mohmand tribe demanding that the CNICs of those Afghans who had both Afghan and Pakistani identity papers be cancelled.
He claimed that, in accordance with his written complaint, the Deputy Commissioner sent a letter to Nadra DG to set up a committee to investigate the matter.
The petitioner claimed that a number of representatives of the Essakhel tribe in the Jaroobi region had signed an affidavit stating that one of the respondents and members of his family belonged to Afghanistan’s Kunar province and were not Pakistani at all.
He stated that a joint resolution had been passed by the elected jirga of the Essakhel tribe asking the federal and provincial governments and related officials to cancel the CNICs of Afghan nationals residing in the area.
The petitioner pointed out that the Deputy Commissioner of the Mohmand District had formed a joint investigation team on the matter on June 9, 2020, on the written complaint of the local elders, asking it to conclude the investigation within two months, but the job had not yet been completed.
He reported that before 2012, some of those Afghan nationals did not possess CNICs.
The complainant claimed that not only had some Afghans fraudulently received Pakistani CNICs and domicile certificates, but they had also identified as Maliks and illegally attested to other records.
He argued that these foreigners’ actions violated the law, specifically the 1951 Pakistan Citizenship Act, and it was somewhat equal to usurping the Mohmand tribe’s rights.
The complainant claimed that the officials engaged in the issuing of CNICs and certificates of residency had indeed committed an offence falling under the limits of the Penal Code of Pakistan.
He said there was no explanation why the JIT postponed the ‘extremely sensitive issue’ investigation.
In order to ensure the early completion of the JIT report, the petitioner urged the court to guide the appropriate officials.
He also requested directions from the court making the ‘indifference’ of the required officials to the issue unconstitutional.