ISLAMABAD – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday walked out of the National Assembly session to record protest against non-issuance of new Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).
“Our party leader is being meted out biasness by authorities. The rulers are afraid that their cheating businesses will be closed,” MNA Rashid Godil said while talking to journalists outside the Parliament House. He said his party staged walkout in the house and would hold sit-in outside the Parliament House.
He blamed Ministry of Interior Affairs for its ‘stubbornness’ in the matter. The issue regarding the CNIC and passport of the London-based MQM chief has been compounded after the ministry suspended the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) manager stationed in London.
The ministry said the NADRA manager took finger prints machine to the MQM Secretariat in London. Pakistani High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan said that the facility can be availed by the ailing and the elderly people. He also confessed to sending the NADRA crew to take Altaf Hussain’s finger prints.
Reacting to the incident, the government decided to suspend the NADRA manager and recalled him to Pakistan. MQM leader Mustafa Azizabadi said so many hurdles were being poked in the process of issuing passport and CNIC to Altaf Hussain who could not get the documents even after five weeks of filing an application.