An abandoned orphan man, Muhammad Ahsan approached the Sindh High Court and has filed a petition against the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) under section 199 (False statement made in declaration which is by law receivable as evidence) of the Pakistan Penal Code for not issuing a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).

Ahsan is a resident of Orangi Town in Karachi who has been trying to get CNIC for four years to get admission to a university but every time he does, NADRA refuses to let him apply for an identity card. He is asked to come with blood relatives.


According to Ahsan, his mother abandoned him when he was only six years old because his father was a drug addict. He was brought up by his grandparents but they also died later. His father also passed away in 2008. His uncle took responsibility for him and also assisted in getting him an education.

The petition stated that he submitted the death certificate of his father as one of the requirements of NADRA. However, they insisted he come with a blood relative.