A thief on Wednesday stole about 1,800 Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) along a register for entry from Landhi area of Karachi. The incident took place at the National Database & Registration Authority (Nadra)'s Landhi office. Sources said the Nadra has decided to cancel the stolen CNICs. The sources said the stealing of the CNICs might have some connection with the upcoming by-election. They said the CNICs would be reprinted now and be issued before the January 27 by-poll. The Nadra authorities have constituted an inquiry committee and lodged an FIR of the incident.
Police and Rangers have also arrived at the scene and started collecting evidences. Two Nadra employees have been included in the investigation. Police said the thief entered the office through roof and went back through the same route. By-poll on PS-94 will be held on January 27. The provincial seat got vacant after the death of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's Muhammad Wajahat.