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Hafiz Hamdullah requests interior ministry to restore his NIC

NADRA cancelled Hamdullah’s citizenship on Saturday and labelled him a ‘confirmed alien’.

By Web Desk
October 27, 2019

ISLAMABAD:  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam - Fazl (JUI-F) leader Hafiz Hamdullah has requested the  interior ministry on Sunday to restore his National Identity Card (NIC).

Hamdullah, the former Senator who was elected from the JUI-F’s platform from March 2012 to March 2018, said that he informed Mian Waheed-ud-Din, Special Secretary at the Ministery of Interior about his NIC’s cancellation.

Also read: JUI's Hafiz Hamdullah stripped of Pakistani citizenship

“The secretary was also laughing at what has been done to me,” he said.

NADRA cancelled Hamdullah’s citizenship on Saturday and labelled him a ‘confirmed alien’.

 This came to light when the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a notice to TV channels, forbidding them from inviting the JUI-F leader on talk shows.

The PEMRA notification referenced a NADRA letter dated October 11 that affirmed that the JUI-F leader was not a citizen of Pakistan.

The notification also stated that NADRA had cancelled the CNIC of the JUI-F leader. This would mean that the former senator is no longer a citizen of Pakistan.

Maulana Hamdullah had been elected as an MPA from Balochistan in the 2002 General Elections on a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal ticket, and served as Provisional Health Minister from 2002 till 2005.

In March 2012 he was elected to the Senate on a general seat as a JUI-F candidate. His tenure ended in March of last year.