Pakistan ID Cards Remove Ghost Voters, Target Poor for Aid

Source: Jakarta Globe.

Islamabad. Elderly men wait patiently, carefully combing their hennaed beards, while a guitar-playing student entertains the long queue of Pakistanis lined-up to be photographed, fingerprinted and questioned inside a crowded office in the capital Islamabad.

This is the unlikely setting for possibly one of Pakistan’s few success stories — a massive increase in citizens signing up for government identity cards.

Such things rarely top the agenda of a deeply unpopular government, crippled by daily power cuts, a Taliban insurgency and massive corruption.


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