LAKKI MARWAT: Tribal chiefs have asked the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to deploy women staff at its outlet in the Speenwam area of North Waziristan tribal district.
Talking to reporters in Bannu, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Malik Liaqat Ali Wazir, Malik Ziaur Rehman, Malik Yousaf Haroon, Mufti Hikmatullah, and others said tribal women had to face numerous hardships in getting computerized national identity cards (CNICs) at the facility due to the unavailability of women staffers.
Regarding local customs, Liaqat Wazir said tribeswomen observed purdah (veil) and avoided interacting with male employees in the Nadra facility.
He said deploying women staffers would encourage local women to visit the facility to get CNICs.
The tribal chiefs said they repeatedly highlighted the issue on different platforms to bring it to the notice of relevant authorities, but to no avail. They said many tribal women did not possess CNICs as their men did not permit them to confront male employees at the Nadra center.
They asked the district administration to take up the issue with Nadra authorities.