The Pakistan government has cancelled the National Identity Cards of more than 2,000 people believed to be associated with banned terror groups though no such action has been taken against members of anti-India organisations.
The interior ministry announced it was cancelling the NICs of members of militant organisations that have been “blacklisted” and are believed to be involved in sectarian and terror attacks in Pakistan.
However, officials told the media on condition of anonymity that those who belonged to anti-India groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jamaat-ud-Dawah did not have their cards cancelled.
The move also covered facilitators of banned organisations, the Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying.
Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen leader Maqsood Ali Domki were among those whose ID cards were cancelled by the National Database and Registration Authority on the directions of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), according to the channel.
The individuals against whom action was taken will not be able to buy or sell property or access banking facilities.