New Delhi, Oct 27: When Mehmood Akthar the officer in the visa department at the Pakistan High Commission was confronted by the Delhi police, he was quick to display an Aadhar card. He also claimed that he was a citizen of India.
This is the second time that such an incident has occurred in which a Pakistani national has displayed an Aadhar card to the police to prove that he is an Indian national.
In Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Rehman a resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir was arrested. He had infiltrated from PoK and was carrying out recruitments in Kashmir. An operative of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, he at the time of his arrest displayed an Aadhar card.
It was further learnt that five more cadres of the Jaish were provided with Aadhar cards when they landed in Kashmir.
Fake or genuine:
The big worry for the Intelligence Bureau officials and other security personnel was whether these were genuine or fake cards. Investigations have found that these cards were fake. They have been printed in fake names and handed over to the Pakistanis who come to India on a mission.
When Rehman was arrested, the army had said that a specific probe would be initiated where the Aadhar cards were concerned. The army had said it would be a great matter of concern if the card turned out to be genuine. If it is fake then it would not be a matter of great concern, the army also explained.
The probe that was conducted established that these were fake cards. Even in the Delhi case that broke out today, it is more or less established that the card possessed by Akthar was fake. Akthar had not used the card. In fact he had only displayed it at the time he was confronted by the Delhi police.
Intelligence Bureau officials explain that when the Aadhar was first launched there were several cases where touts would take Rs 100 and get a card issued. There was a rush to push as many cards as possible to make the government initiative a success and in the bargain the security checks or verification hardly took place. However today the scenario is better, the officer explained.
The officer further explains that terrorists are provided with Aadhar cards, but they never use it extensively. It acts as a shield at check points and at times they get an easy passage by displaying the cards. Not in every place are the finger prints verified to check whether the card and the address on it are genuine or not, the officer explains.
With so many cases coming to the forefront, there are directives issued to security personnel to do a more through check when people especially in the border areas display an Aadhar card.