ISLAMABAD

Acting Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Imtiaz Tajwar Tuesday admitted before the National Assembly Committee that massive election irregularities had been detected during the verification of some of the constituencies that were opened on the orders of election tribunals.

Acting Chairman NADRA giving a briefing to the NA Standing Committee on Interior, on a question of MQM MNA Nabeel Gabool, said that the authority during verification process had detected irregularities in the last general elections. “Some votes have been verified, some votes have been detected that were cast double and some have been detected that were cast out of a constituency and did not exist in the specific constituency,” the Acting Chairman NADRA said.

He said that he could not go into the details as the matter was sub-judice and he had already submitted his statement in the court.

Upon this, Nabeel Gabool remarked, “It means that Chairman NADRA had endorsed the view point that last elections were massively rigged.” Tajwar avoided the question of Gabool and said that he had only answered his specific question.

The committee, held under the chair of MNA Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, also unanimously passed a condemnation resolution against the Indian aggression on the Line of Control (LoC).

The resolution, moved by Naeema Kishwer Khan of JUI-F says that the committee condemns the unprovoked firing of India across the working boundary on civilians and demanded of the UN and other international organizations to press the neighbouring country to follow the international agreements in this regard. It said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in the light of UN resolutions.

Nabeel Gabool also sought a briefing from the armed forces about the LoC situation after the firing incidents and asked the chair that the Ministry of Interior should arrange this briefing on the LoC. “Briefing should be given about what is going on across the border,” he demanded and added that it was shame on the government of Pakistan for remaining silent on the firing incidents.

However, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said that the government was not silent on the issue and the Prime Minister had immediately summoned the Cabinet Committee on Defence after the incident. The chair said that the matter was perhaps of defence committee and would be discussed later.

He said that he would either talk with the top brass of Pakistan army or civilian administration to execute the proposed plan.

Nabeel Gabool also sought briefing on a terrorist incident on Navy shipyard in Karachi and Naeema Kiashwer said that the committee should be briefed about the travailing of 10 Afghan nationals from Islamabad airport on fake documents.

The committee, which did not take agenda of the day will meet again today to discuss Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2013 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014.