Islamabad: Ruling out the possibility of any conspiracy against Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the COAS has the confidence of the government, armed forces and the entire nation.

Addressing a press conference, the minister said speaking against the army was harmful to the country and the military. “We need an army chief like General Raheel Sharif who has earned national and international fame and because we need him to fight militants,” he said. Such ‘baseless rumors’ are being spread by ‘enemies’ of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan Army is a disciplined and professional force and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif is the most professional soldier and enjoys confidence of the entire nation. He urged media persons and the nation to stand by the army, as we are in a state of war.

To another question, Interior Minister said, a vehicle mistakenly came in the way of prime minister's convoy and the person driving the car, after investigation, proved innocent.

Earlier, he inaugurated online renewal of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) in Islamabad, saying now there is no need to come to NADRA office for renewal of identity cards, as this facility is being provided online.

The Minister said, a tracking system has been introduced in NADRA through which one can know the status of one's CNIC. He said a citizen will have to come to the NADRA office for first time acquiring of CNIC for biometric verification.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said NADRA is going to establish a DNA laboratory in next six months, which will facilitate all the law enforcement agencies to carry out investigation of cases. He added the authority will introduce 13 next generation business centers of international standards, to facilitate the masses in next six to seven months.

He said services of NDARA have improved a lot and thousands of fake identity cards have so far been blocked. He wished to make NADRA a transparent and corruption free organization.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said we are going to centralize the entire data to end corruption and to ensure online verification of identity cards. He said NADRA has earned profit of five billion rupees. He said there was backlog of 650,000, but now it has become zero within six months. He lauded the hard work of NADRA employees to end backlog and to make the organization profitable institution.