Staff Reporter :

QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly has called for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests prior to the issuance of national identity cards in the province. The house adopted a resolution tabled by Bushra Rind, the Chief Minister’s adviser on the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD).

Lawmakers from the opposition and treasury benches backed the resolution and demanded the federal government to direct the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to make DNA tests compulsory for issuing national identity cards in Balochistan.

Speaking on the feasibility of the resolution, Bushra Rind stated that a large number of people have illegally obtained national identity cards and terrorists were also using fake NICs to carry out subversive activities. “The house should adopt this resolution and ask NADRA to make DNA tests compulsory”, she mentioned.

Deputy Speaker Balochistan, Sardar Babar Musakhail who was chairing the session put the resolution for voting. Subsequently, the house unanimously adopted the resolution and demanded of the federal government to instruct NADRA to include DNA test compulsory for issuing NICs.

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