Ex-Nadra chief didn’t hide dual nationality, says verdict – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Former President of the National Registration and Database Authority (Nadra) Tariq Malik was acquitted in a case filed on behalf of former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan against him on charges of hiding his dual nationality.

Judge Shaista Khan Kundi of the Islamabad first instance court, while resolving the case, ordered the cancellation of FIR (No. 53) filed against Mr. Malik on May 12, 2014, according to a copy of the sentence obtained by Dawn.

Tariq Malik, who served Nadra for six years from 2008 to 2014 in different capacities, including its CEO, vice president and president, expressed satisfaction with the decision of the court and said he had been through a difficult time and immense mental stress during The course of the investigation and trial.

“I have been vindicated once again, but the process of obtaining justice is a punishment in Pakistan. Why is there no punishment for the plaintiff who filed frivolous and false charges, which are proven wrong in court? ", She asked.

Speaking to DawnMr. Malik said the case should have been closed after a judge of the high-ranking sessions issued a ruling in his favor in February of this year.

The case was presented on behalf of former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan

Mr. Malik, who is currently working as the principal technical advisor of the United Nations Development Program, challenged the FIR filed in his absence and appeared before the court of the chief judge of sessions Sohail Nasir, who showed his anger at his trial and said : "I am also surprised to see why the investigation in this case still continues when the government of Pakistan, the passport of the director general in his letter of 19.11.2018 made it clear that prima facie has not found any crime related to the passport committed by the petitioner. "

Attorney Qausain Mufti, representing Nadra's former president, argued that the false and frivolous accusations were hastily framed as a backlash by the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) government when he lost his case against his client in the Superior Court of Islamabad (IHC).

Malik resigned in January 2014 from the position of President of Nadra amid alleged security threats for him and his family at a time when he was helping higher courts and electoral courts to investigate alleged fraud in the 2013 general elections.

In the case, Mr. Malik was accused of dishonestly hiding his Canadian nationality and mistakenly mentioning his profession as a private employee, while at that time he held a public office in Nadra.

Judge Shaista Kundi at her trial said: “I cannot understand what crime is committed in the given circumstances. The investigating officer is not in a position to respond successfully that if the petitioner did not disclose the facts correctly, what damage did it cause to someone and how is section 6 (1) (A) (E) of the Passport Law established? At most, the petitioner could be prosecuted under the relevant rules on the charge of misconduct by the authority or his passport could be canceled due to the suppression of facts or by providing incorrect information. "

The petitioner said that at the time of filling out the declaration forms online to obtain the two passports in question, he had provided all the information that the DEO had requested, but the DEO did not request the other nationality and, consequently, this procedural lapse It happened and there was no bad intention on your part.

The data entry operator in question, Wazir Satti, also joined the investigation and registered his statement.

Mr. Malik said that not only the NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis) itself was proof of his intention not to hide his foreign nationality, but that the address of another country was clearly mentioned on that card.

"In light of the above facts and circumstances, I agree with the statement of the investigating officer that the cancellation report under the alleged sections is valid and is hereby permitted," said the judge.

Posted on Dawn, September 16, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1505486/ex-nadra-chief-didnt-hide-dual-nationality-says-verdict

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