Terrorists obtaining new CNICs with ‘change of name’ ads in newspapers: report

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Terrorists have found a simple way to avoid arrests as several of them have reportedly obtained new Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) by publishing ‘change of name’ advertisements in the newspapers, a private news channel reported on Wednesday.

According to documents obtained by the channel, Lashkhar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Sindh chief Attaur Rehman alias Naeem Bukhari got a name change ad published in a local newspaper on October 12, 2014 and later easily obtained a new CNIC from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on November 6, 2014.

In the newspaper advertisement, Attaur Rehman Bukhari had changed his name to Ghulam Mohammad, son of Faqir Mohammad, however, his ID card number remained unchanged.

Afterwards, the wanted terrorist, who had Rs 20 million bounty on his head, kept roaming freely in Karachi.

He was the mastermind behind attacks on slain Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chaudhry Aslam, Justice Maqbool Baqir and law enforcement personnel.

Bukhari had been on the run from the authorities and had been regularly changing disguises and locations in an attempt to evade the law.

The banned organization‘s head was listed as the 12th most wanted man in the “Red Book”, a compilation on the profiles of the most notorious criminals of Pakistan.

Bukhari’s arrest was finally confirmed in February 2016.