KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) supremo Altaf Hussain expressed anger over alleged lies told by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan regarding his application to get the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).
A day after when MQM delegation raised the issue of Altaf’s identity documents with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his Karachi visit, the situation seemed not to be improved a bit. Because in an official statement released from London, Altaf said he had been waiting for his national identity card and passport for over one month, as the government is wittingly using delaying tactics including fingerprints and photographs.
Lashing out at federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the MQM supremo said it was sorely regrettable that the federal minister was lying over the issue, adding the minister should have informed him earlier, if the photograph was not up to the mark to be used.
Commenting on the latest fray in the episode, the MQM chief said the federal government was making a fuss over the National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) crew who visited his residence and took his fingerprints and photographs.
Altaf Hussain also gave example of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, who sought to change her name in the identity card. A NADRA team raced up to her house to complete the procedure and she got the new identity card the very other day.
The MQM chief complained it was political victimization on the part of the federal government that is unwilling to issue him his new NICOP, adding this action has caused offence to millions of his well-wishers.