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NADRA trying to deprive Altaf Hussain of fundamental right: MQM

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KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee said on Tuesday the non-issuance of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and Pakistani passport to MQM Chief Altaf Hussain was the negation of the mandate of hundreds of thousands of people of Pakistan and their representatives including 7 Senators, 25 members National Assembly and and 52 members Provincial Assembly Sindh.Talking to the journalists at a press conference at Khursheed Begum Secretariat Azizabad MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said it was Hussain’s fundamental right to have NICOP and Pakistani passport like other Pakistanis.Members of MQM Coordination Committee Wasay Jalil, Waseem Akhter, Saif Yar Khan, Gulfaraz Khan Khattak, Aslam Afridi and Ashfaq Mangi were also present on the occasion. Haider said Hussain is the only leader of 98 percent poor of the country, who also love him and the founder of a prime political party MQM. He said if it happened to such a stalwart personality of the country so what would happen to remaining.Hussain had submitted his NICOP application on April 4, 2014 for his Pakistani passport, he added.Haider showed the photocopy of formal application submitted to National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) and its token 2 and tracking identity 503601007637 to the journalists during the press briefing. Haider said his party leader had completed all the official procedures and NADRA officials at Pakistan High Commission in London took machine photographs, his fingerprints and charged the official fee of 64 pound.Referring Tasneem Aslam foreign office spokesperson’s statement of April 17 in which it was admitted Altaf Hussain had submitted his NICOP application at Pakistan High Commission in London he said in her statement, the foreign office spokesperson also claimed on record that the application had been sent to Interior Ministry for processing.When a Pakistani applies for NICOP he can generally get his card within a week or two, but we did not know what happened to Hussain’s NICOP and why he had not been provided Card as he has fundamental right to possess his national identity.He said the entire nation especially MQM supporters and workers wanted an appropriate explanation from federal government, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and NADRA officials why even after five weeks, Altaf Hussain had yet handed over his NICOP.He asked a question to the authorities if MQM Chief was not a Pakistani citizen than who would else be a Pakistani. He affirmed the entire nation, MQM supporters and workers deeply love their party’s founder leader Altaf Hussain. The MQM leader demanded President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to direct NADRA officials to provide NICOP to Hussain. He condemned additional interior secretary for a vicious conspiracy against the entire nation trying to deprive Hussain from getting his NICOP and passport. He criticised and rejected the claim of Minister of State for Interior Wali-ur-Rehman that NADRA’s data deletes details automatically after a month.About Hussain’s return, he said how could he come back if he was not being provided essential credentials.He condemned government’s action suspending NADRA’s officials who recorded Hussain’s data and facilitated him. He said they just provided facility to a Pakistani. He demanded to the federal government all NADRA employees who were suspended in this connection should be restored respectably.

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