ISLAMABAD – Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, said a report by Pakistan’s top intelligence agency obtained by the Associated Press.
According to the recent report by the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, thousands of foreigners have illegally obtained Pakistani national IDs. Most of them are Afghan refugees, but they also include dozens of Islamic militants from China, the Maldives, Uzbekistan and the United States. Pakistani militants also often secured an ID card under a fake name, making it harder to be tracked, the report said.
Among the most notorious beneficiaries was Adnan Shukrijumah, a Saudi-born U.S. citizen and a top Al-Qaida commander. Shukrijumah, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture, was found with a Pakistani identity card when he was killed in a raid in December 2014.
A former chief of the anti-cybercrimes division at the Federal Investigation Agency, Ammar Jaffri, said the flood of fake IDs has already hindered authorities. “If you start tracking a terror plot or its financing in Europe or America, you may simply end up at a fake ID card issued in Pakistan,” he said.