ISLAMABAD: The parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has requested that Nadra officers face criminal charges for allegedly breaching data and accessing personal information of the army chief’s family.
The meeting on Thursday was presided over by MNA Noor Alam Khan, who expressed grave concern about media reports about the breach.
Those responsible for the data theft should be imprisoned, Mr. Khan said, adding that Military intelligence and the ISI should be included in the investigation. “How the family’s personal information was stolen should be determined.”
The committee also summoned the Nadra chairman, who was unable to attend due to other commitments. This irritated Mr. Khan, who stated that the news was all over the media and that he had also seen a vlog in which two journalists discussed the issue.
The body is pursuing criminal charges against Nadra officials involved in the matter.
In a vlog earlier this week, two journalists, Azaz Syed, and Umar Cheema, claimed that in October 2022, Nadra officers allegedly accessed the personal data and travel records of COAS Asim Munir’s family in an attempt to prevent his appointment as army chief.
The COAS was then serving as a lieutenant general, in line for the top job.
Nadra confirmed in a statement three days ago that the family’s personal information had been accessed and stolen. According to the statement, an investigation is underway to identify the officials involved in the breach.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) audit was also discussed at the PAC meeting. Mr. Khan stated that the practice of granting plots to officials should be ended, and he inquired as to how many plots were granted to judges, prime ministers, presidents, MNAs, senators, bureaucrats, and military officials.
The meeting also directed a special audit of the Islamabad Police Welfare Fund, as well as the discussion and review of audit objections related to the Ministry of Interior for the fiscal year 2021-22.
The meeting also addressed the issue of militant attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mr. Khan stated that the number of attacks in his constituency has increased and that miscreants are attacking with rocket launchers. “The government has failed to carry out its mandate.” Someone needs to inform the KP police chief that rocket launchers are being used in Peshawar with no one seeming to mind.”