This is with reference to the article titled ‘Mansions and fake IDs’ by Imtiaz Gul published in The News on August 2. In this article, the writer tried to create an impression that Osama bin Laden’s mansion in Abbottabad was purchased or constructed by individuals having fake identity cards issued to them by Nadra. He also tried to link this with the recent Olympic visa scam. It is clarified that Arshad and Tariq Khan’s fake identity cards were not issued by Nadra. Theirs were manual ID cards and Nadra has no record against such IDs even in its manual registration records. These two ID cards were never checked through Nadra’s online verification systems before conducting land transfer. It should be noted that all manual IDs expired on Feb 1, 2004 and no transaction should have been carried out against such IDs. All these facts have been communicated to the Abbottabad Commission.
It is also clarified that the Olympic visa scam, which has been proven fake, was launched with the clear-cut intention of maligning Pakistan internationally. In this scam, The Sun’s reporter, who is a dual national, and who retained his Pakistani nationality, applied for renewal/modification of his CNIC. This transaction was carried out lawfully and the CNIC was prepared. Subsequently, he also obtained a Pakistani passport which is his right being a citizen of this country. This whole exercise was part of an international conspiracy to defame Pakistan in the international media. One substantial proof of this fact is that the Indian media give much coverage to the visa scam, but when it was cracked, the Indian media did not publish Pakistan’s point of view.
Director Media & Communication, Nadra