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NADRA cracks down on officials for accessing COAS Asim’s family data

Last month, NADRA released a statement, confirming the theft of data of Pakistan Army chief's family.

The National Database and Registra­tion Authority (NADRA) has launched a crackdown against its employees for illegally accessing the data of Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir’s family.

According to the details reported in the media, as many as six Nadra employees had been terminated from service for illegally accessing COAS’ family’s record, following four separate inquiries ordered by Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik.

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Furthermore, NADRA has also initiated criminal proceedings against those employees who have been allegedly involved in unauthorized access to the data of COAS Asim’s family.

Last month, NADRA released a statement, confirming the theft of data of Pakistan Army chief’s family. NADRA stated that Tariq Malik, the authority’s chairman, was away on holiday when it happened.

Serious data breach

NADRA had then launched an investigation due to which as many as 10 employees were identified who il­legally accessed COAS Asim’s family data. The Chair­man NADRA also issued some strict guidelines as a result of which no data en­try operator had permission to ac­cess personal data of any citizen and the biometric of a family member was an essential requirement to access any­body’s family tree.

This is not the first time that the data of an Army Chief’s family has been illegally accessed. Last year, a report on the assets of former COAS Gen (retd.) Bajwa’s family was released. The report claimed that the market value of the known assets and business of the army chief, both within and outside Pakistan, amounted to Rs12.7 billion. The report also shared the alleged wealth statements of Gen Bajwa and his family from 2013 to 2021.

The government had launched an investigation and the main culprits behind the startling leak of the tax records of Gen (retd.) Bajwa and his family. Furthermore, two Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) officers were removed from their posts over their alleged involvement. Meanwhile, a journalist was arrested for sharing the information regarding personal tax details of Gen (retd) Bajwa and his family with the news website that published the report.

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