ISLAMABAD - The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) would assist the British government to find out the real identity of those illegal immigrants living there who claim themselves as Pakistanis, The Nation has learnt.
For this purpose, teams of NADRA would soon leave for UK to take fingerprints of all Pakistani illegal immigrants living in UK to establish their real identity.
NADRA has recently, during British Home Secretary Theresa May's visit to Pakistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) namely, "Biometric Identification Re-admission Cases" with the British Home Office for identification of illegally immigrants in UK. Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik had signed MoU with the director immigration of British Home Office.
A senior official of NADRA said that teams of the authority, after a month, would visit different cities of UK to take fingerprints of illegal immigrants who claim themselves as Pakistanis. "Then NADRA will match these fingerprints with its database to ascertain the real identify of such persons," he added. He explained that with this exercise, the real identity of all illegal immigrants could be ascertained and it could be established whether the illegal immigrant living there with the identity had the real one or fake. He also said by adopting this procedure the real identity of all asylum seekers could also be established.
The official said many illegal immigrants were under detention in UK and some used to take permission from UK authorities to move free for a certain period of time till the settlement of their cases. The NADRA would charge fee from UK government as service expenditures for each identification case. After the identification process, UK authorities would be able to deport illegal immigrants back to Pakistan.
"By singing this project with the British government, NADRA has said no to illegal immigration, no to human trafficking and yes to legal immigrants comprising of professionals students and tourists who fulfil all the visa requirements for their legal stay in UK," Chairman Nadra Tariq Mail said while talking to The Nation. He said that NADRA would go into separate agreements with other countries on the same pattern.