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Fake passports: Govt gives go-ahead for legal action against Afghan nationals

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to initiate legal proceedings against Afghan nationals caught in Saudi Arabia with fake Pakistani passports and identity cards.

According to the Federal Investigation Bureau (FIA) sources, in light of Ministry of Interior directives, the relevant authorities decided to issue the notice under section 18 of the NADRA ordinance to 12,500 Afghan nationals.

Sources within the FIA revealed that the fake Pakistani identity cards to the 593 Afghan nationals were issued from Islamabad, while a total of 5,500 Pakistani identity cards were issued from Quetta and Peshawar.

NADRA authorities have initiated official legal action against Afghan nationals possessing fake Pakistani passports and national identity cards.

Sources further stated that NADRA officially issued special instructions to the relevant authorities of all centers including Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar.

Meanwhile, the Afghan nationals caught in Saudi Arabia with counterfeit Pakistani passports and identity cards will face immediate cancellation and confiscation of the fraudulent documents.