Nadra chief quits over COAS household knowledge leak controversy


ISLAMABAD   –   Nationwide Database and Registration Authori­ty (Nadra) Chairman Tariq Malik on Tuesday stop his place observe­ing an issue sur­rounding private knowledge leak of Chief of Military Employees (COAS) Normal Syed Asim Munir and his household.

Malik submitted his three-page resignation to Prime Minister She­hbaz Sharif in a meet­ing on the latter’s workplace, which was additionally attend­ed by Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and Principal Secretary to PM Syed Tauqir Hus­sain Shah. “I discover it in­creasingly troublesome to work in a charged and polar­ized political setting,” he mentioned in his resignation, a duplicate of which is offered with The Nation. “It’s troublesome for any skilled to take care of his integrity and independence in an setting that con­stantly pigeon-holes folks in an ‘us versus them’ logic and the place political loyalty is privi­leged over competence,” it fur­ther reads. Malik, in his res­ignation, additionally pleaded the prime minister to not appoint a serving or retired bureau­crat to this position. “The organiza­tion deserves an intensive professional­fessional with a background in know-how and administration,” he mentioned, including that Nadra can­not afford additional political ex­perimentation. Malik was ap­pointed as Nadra chairman for the second time in June 2021 by the then authorities of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He had been dealing with im­mense strain to resign from his boss Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, days after re­ports emerged that some offi­cials of the authority had been discovered concerned in leaking per­sonal knowledge of the Military chief and his household. The authority itself carried out an investiga­tion and initiated felony professional­ceedings towards six officers for his or her alleged involvement in unauthorized entry to the info of Gen Munir’s household. Fol­lowing this, Malik discovered him­self in scorching water. The Federal Investigation Company (FIA) ini­tiated an investigation towards him in a case of procurement of chip-based playing cards which might be used for issuance of comput­erized nationwide identification playing cards. Equally, the Nationwide Ac­countability Bureau (NAB) additionally questioned him regard­ing complaints about recruit­ments made within the authority throughout his stint.

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