Karachi: 11 suspects remanded in FIA custody
KARACHI: Civil judge and judicial magistrate (south) on Monday remanded two employees of the Pakistan Post and nine officials and staff members of Nadra in FIA custody till Nov 12 in a case pertaining to the issuance of fake national identity cards, passports and driving licences. Mohammad Saleem Memon, a postman at the Lyari post office, and Ghulam Hussain, a peon at the same office, were arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency in a raid conducted at the Awami Markaz on November 4. The FIA team recovered 1,890 blank computerized national identity cards and forged documents from their possession. The investigators got their remand from a court till Nov 10.
Meanwhile, on the information provided by the two suspects, FIA teams raided Nadra offices in Awami Markaz, Lyari, Defence and Keamari and arrested nine officials on Saturday. The suspects included data entry operators Arshad Hafiz, Ashraf Gujjar, Asif Raza, Sarfraz Solangi, Shahid Ahmed and Johnson Saleem, supervisor Raffat Iqbal, peon Pareen Shah and security guard Shahzad Ahmed.
All the suspects were produced in court on Monday to obtain their physical remand. The court extended the physical custody of Saleem Memon and Ghulam Hussain for two more days and remanded the nine other suspects in FIA custody till Nov 12.
Investigators said Saleem Memon and Ghulam Hussain disclosed that they had been running the business for the last eight years in collaboration with some officials of Nadra. The suspects admitted that they had been issuing fake CNICs to foreigners, particularly Bengali and Afghan nationals, against an amount ranging from Rs4,000 to Rs10,000.
According to the prosecution, the suspects were also involved in making false passports and driving licences.
Two FIRs (61/2008 and 17/2008) were lodged against the suspects under Sections 409, 420, 468, 471/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1947 at the FIA Crime Circle, Karachi.