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Data theft: Nadra initiates action, suspends 8 officers


Afghan refugees wait exterior a Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) van for his or her knowledge verification, at a police station in Karachi on November 8, 2023. — AFP
  • Three officers from senior administration additionally charged.
  • Over a dozen officers additionally more likely to be penalised.
  • Nadra spox declines to share names citing knowledge privateness.

ISLAMABAD: The Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has initiated disciplinary motion in opposition to a number of of its officers with eight already suspended and charged, whereas over a dozen now more likely to be penalised, Prime Time News24 reported on Thursday.

In accordance with the publication, motion has begun in opposition to Nadra staffers that embody three officers from the federal government physique’s senior administration, Usman Cheema and Usman Javed — who each maintain the posts of Director Common (DG) Technical, Karachi DG Community Ahmarin Mir, Faisal Ayub, Khair Mohammad Soomro, Rana Zulfiqar, Ali Mohiuddin and Muhammad Ibad.

The event relating to the disciplinary motion was confirmed by a Nadra spokesperson, who mentioned that the transfer was made following the suggestions of a joint investigation group.

The official, nonetheless, didn’t reveal the names of the people in opposition to whom the motion is being taken resulting from knowledge privateness and ongoing court docket proceedings.

Knowledge breach unearthed

Earlier this week on Tuesday, Prime Time News24 reported a critical breach of knowledge, with private info of at the least 2.7 million Pakistanis stolen from the Nadra’s database. The event was additionally confirmed by a joint investigation group.

The JIT unearthed the scandal in its report submitted to the Ministry of Inside, stating that the information theft passed off between 2019 and 2023.

Federal Investigation Company’s (FIA) official Syed Waqaruddin headed the JIT, which comprised representatives of delicate businesses and Nadra’s nominees.

In accordance with the sources, the physique accomplished investigations into the large scandal of an alleged breach of Nadra’s database and the officers involved on the ministry had been reviewing the contents of the report compiled by the panel.

The JIT report, the sources mentioned, has recognized that the information theft passed off from the Multan, Karachi, and Peshawar workplaces of Nadra.

It additionally really useful motion in opposition to the related senior officers of the authority whose negligence led to this huge knowledge theft.

The stolen knowledge was allegedly moved from Multan to Peshawar earlier than it lastly reached Dubai, the sources mentioned.

The JIT report has mentioned there may be proof that the stolen Nadra knowledge was apparently later offered in Argentina and Romania.

The federal government shaped the JIT after a cyber safety incident that passed off in March 2023.

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