Opposition senators seek details of retired military officers’ appointments in NADRA

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Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (left) and PML-N Senator Azam Nazir Tarar (right) addressing during the session of the Senate on December 29, 2021. — YouTube
Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (left) and PML-N Senator Azam Nazir Tarar (right) addressing during the session of the Senate on December 29, 2021. — YouTube
  • “The youth of the country are searching for jobs,” JI’s Ahmed laments.
  • PML-N’s Tarar asks on what basis retired army officers were appointed in NADRA.
  • State minister Khan asks senators to submit questions afresh, so Ministry of Interior can reply.

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leaders in the Senate on Wednesday sought details of retired military officials appointed at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

The senators’ demand came after the Ministry of Interior submitted a detailed answer in the Upper House of the Parliament, where it stated that none of the 13,997 employees of NADRA belong to the military — whether on service or retired.

Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, during a session of the Senate, said the ministry’s response was incomplete and asked for a complete record of the military personnel who were appointed by NADRA after they retired from the army.

“The youth of the country are searching for jobs […] but they cannot find any,” the senator said, as he reiterated his demand of making the data of retired army officers appointed in NADRA available.

PML-N Senator Azam Nazir Tarar said that he had received information that retired military officers were working as directors and deputy directors at the database authority.

Extending Ahmed’s questions, Tarar demanded the reason behind their appointment, when and how many were appointed, and whether they were given employment on the basis of merit or quota.

“What were the additional qualifications of the retired military personnel? The details of their assignments should also be provided,” he added.

Responding to the queries, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan asked the senators to submit the questions afresh, so the Ministry of Interior could reply accordingly.



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