Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said that the people holding fake National Identity Card (NIC) and residing illegally in Pakistan would be arrested, deported and sent to jail after August 31.Speaking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said that campaign against fake National Identity Card (NIC) was underway.

Nisar said that more than 23, 000 fake ID cards have been identified while 2, 24, 000 cards have been verified during the first month of the campaign.

He announced a reward worth Rs10, 000 for identifying aliens in Pakistan.

Interior Minister said during 15 days 2. 6 million SMS were received by NADRA for verification of family members while the authority also sent 1.8 million SMS to the people for this purpose.

Nisar said that one hundred thousand CNICs have been blocked from 2013 to 2016 and over two thousand passports were cancelled during this period.

He said one million SIMs also verified with the cooperation of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

The minister said Rangers’ role should not be politicised as they are rendering services for the peace in Karachi.

Nisar said that the results produced by Karachi operation have come at a cost as 31 personnel have been martyred while 89 have been injured.

He said that the notification regarding Rangers’ powers was not only for Karachi, it is for the entire province.

“533 suspects have been arrested in 154 raids in interior Sindh. 34 of them belong to banned outfits”, said Nisar.

He said that delay in extending Rangers’ stay puts the lives of personnel in danger.

Interior minister further said that a visible reduction has been witnessed in crimes since the operation in the city and both federal and provincial governments should carry forward the operation for complete restoration of peace in Karachi.

Earlier today, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah approved the summary granting extension in Rangers’ stay in Karachi with special powers.

According to the CM’s spokesperson, Murad Ali Shah approved the summary which called for extending Rangers’ stay for one year in Karachi and also granted them special powers for 90 days.

The spokesperson also said that the CM is hopeful Rangers would continue to play a vital part in maintaining the law and order situation of Karachi, just as they have in the recent past.

Powers of the paramilitary to detain an individual for up to 90 days lapsed on June 15. The Protection for Pakistan Ordinance which allowed the paramilitary to arrest suspects without a warrant lapsed on July 15.

Since 2013, acting under powers bestowed on the paramilitary force under Article-147, the Pakistan Rangers Sindh conducted multiple targeted operations in interior Sindh during which 533 suspects were arrested. Those detained were handed over to police and various law enforcement agencies for processing.