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    Pakistan cancels cards issued to Afghans

    KABUL (PAN): The government of Pakistan has cancelled 80,000 of 100,000 computerised national identity cards (CNICs) which were illegally issued to Afghan refugees, a cabinet minister said on Monday.

    "The remaining 20,000 (cards) will also be cancelled at the earliest after the completion of the required procedure," Federal Minster for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najmuddin Khan told reporters in Islamabad.

    According to the Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, Khan said the Ministry of Interior and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were tracing the officials and public representatives who had attested Afghan refugees' documents.

    After the issuance of the CNICs by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Afghan refugees have been enjoying Pakistani nationality and buying property in different parts of the country.

    The minister said about 1.6 million Afghan refugees were still in Pakistan under temporary registration policy. They were allowed to run their businesses but did not reserve the right to buy property in the country, he explained.

    He warned of confiscating the refugees' property properties involving the use of illegal CNICs.

    PAN Monitor/mud