Years-long political persecution of Ex. Chairman NADRA exposes loopholes in the system
- The case of Tariq Malik not only unveiled the worst political persecution of officials on duty but also enlightened the doldrums in the justice system of Pakistan.
- He has been once again vindicated by the court, this time around from the baseless allegations of hiding his dual nationality.
Political opponents in the land of the pure often appeared to have blamed one another of political victimization in the name of accountability, and fair play and public servants are also not free of this menace and become a victim either because of their denial to observe the orders of fervent political bosses or on account of being disloyal to them.
The repercussions may take the form of suspension from the service, death threats to the officials and to their family members or unnecessary political cum legal inquiries in the name of accountability. Fortunate are those officials who do have the courage to resign or start believing in the status quo. Similar is the case of Tariq Malik who was ex-chairman NADRA and has paid the price for doing what he deemed as true.
Tariq had to face the years of political persecution in the name of investigations and trials. He has been once again vindicated by the court, this time around from the baseless allegations of hiding his dual nationality. The case against the former chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority was filed on the behalf of former interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.
Tariq Malik served NADRA in different capacities starting from the year 2008 till 2014 until he resigned from the post. According to a copy of the latest judgment available with Dawn, the Judicial Magistrate Shaista Khan Kundi of Islamabad’s model trial court ordered the cancellation of FIR (No. 53) registered against Mr. Tariq.
In an earlier standoff with the political bosses, he was sacked by the PML-N government only after starting biometric verification of voters in accordance with the orders of Election Commission of Pakistan. Tariq fought for his unceremonious removal and got restored at the orders of Islamabad High Court. The court turned the case as political victimization.
“The Government has just awakened from the lengthy dream after the cases referred by the election authorities for some verifications. Apparently, the petitioner (Mr. Tariq) refused to follow directives with the supersonic speed the entire action was done within a day that it too appears to be fabricated afterward,” a statement from the judgment read.
Mr. Tariq has been named among the top hundred digital influencers in the United States and in the World Bank he is the part of 10-members influential Technical Expert Group. He is the Chief Technical Adviser in the UN as well. But in Pakistan, his protocol has been in the form of fabricated charges leveled against him, being placed on the Exit Control List only after the government turned against him.
He managed to travel in through his UN’s diplomatic passport which does not require any visa and was unable to rely on his identity as being the national to make travels because his NICOP was blocked. The case of Tariq Malik not only unveiled the worst political persecution of officials on duty but also enlightened the doldrums in the justice system of Pakistan where the process of seeking justice is a punishment.
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