Rawalpindi - A top intelligence agency has widened the sphere of investigations into the matter of two Afghan nationals who contested local government (LG) election 2015 allegedly on fake CNICs issued by NADRA and have been elected general councillors, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

One of the Afghan nationals namely Ijaz Khan contested LG polls from Ward # 4, UC-8 of Rawalpindi, for the slot of general councillor from the platform of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and won the seat while the other Afghan namely Sohbat Khan beat his opponents from Ward # 5 of UC-70 of Rawalpindi, and grabbed the slot of general councillor. Sohbat is reportedly supported by ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), sources said.

According to sources, the premier intelligence agency has widened its scope of probe after vigilance department of NADRA placed the name of one of the two Afghan nationals Sohbat Khan, son of Sahib Jan, (CNIC number 37405-0821438-5) in the category of “suspect block.”

Sohbat Khan, who currently resides at House # 247, street number 16, New Madina Town, Shakrial, originally belongs to Tahmeer village, district Ghazni, Paktika province of Afghanistan and has obtained fake CNIC by providing bogus information to NADRA, sources added. “Sohbat Khan has informed the authority that he migrated to Rawalpindi from Wana, North Waziristan, in early 1978-79 and started living in Rawalpindi,” sources informed.

“An inspector of premier intelligence agency had visited the houses of Sohbat Khan in Shakrial and Eid Muhammad (father-in-law of Sohbat) in Basali village to verify and obtain further data,” sources said adding that all this was being done to put the name of Afghan nationals in category of permanent block or “confirmed alien.”

DG Vigilance Department NADRA, when contacted by The Nation for his official point of view regarding putting the names of the Afghan nationals in category of suspect block, refused to talk to this correspondent and suggested him to speak with any official of media cell.

An official of media cell, when contacted, expressed his unawareness about the development. “Send me the CNIC numbers of Afghan nationals and I will let you know the status within a day or two,” he said.