Over 12,000 fake Pakistani passports, which were recovered from Afghan citizens, were given to the embassy by Saudi Arabia as the government began investigating the allegations that national identification cards and passports were issued to undocumented migrants.
A committee has been established to probe the recovery of fake Pakistani passports from 12,000 Afghans living in Saudi Arabia.
The director general of the Passport and Immigration Directorate, Mustafa Jamal Kazi, will lead the five-member committee that the Interior Ministry has reportedly established.
Senior ministry officials, representatives from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) are on the panel. The committee secretary position will be filled by a directorate officer.
The inquiry panel has been given fifteen days to offer recommendations on how to avoid this issue in the future. Additionally, it will hold the FIA, Nadra, and passport officials accountable for their roles in the swindle.
12,000 Pakistani passports were found by Saudi officials last week among Afghan nationals.
This occurred concurrently with law enforcement authorities beginning to crack down on dishonest people who were providing forged citizenship documents to undocumented immigrants, particularly those from Afghanistan.
According to sources, the Pakistani embassy was notified by the Saudi authorities that a significant quantity of Pakistani passports belonging to Afghan nationals had been found.
It was later stated that Umar Javed, the primary suspect, had been detained in Lahore for fabricating passports as a consequence of the investigations.
Javed was taken into custody following the arrest and investigation of a grade-15 official who was in service and a former officer of the Passport Directorate. According to the reports, Afghan nationals were given Pakistani passports on fictitious identification cards.
In the same week, Senators were notified by the Nadra Chairman that certain employees of his organization were engaged in the counterfeiting of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs).