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Pakistan ID cards remove ghost voters, target poor for aid

A citizen is photographed during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A citizen is photographed during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. Elderly men wait patiently, carefully combing their hennaed beards,...more

A citizen is photographed during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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Pakistanis wait in line to be photographed, fingerprinted and questioned to register for the government identity card outside the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistanis wait in line to be photographed, fingerprinted and questioned to register for the government identity card outside the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. Elderly men wait patiently,...more

Pakistanis wait in line to be photographed, fingerprinted and questioned to register for the government identity card outside the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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A citizen is questioned during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A citizen is questioned during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. Elderly men wait patiently, carefully combing their hennaed beards, while...more

A citizen is questioned during registration for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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A citizen has his fingerprints recorded to register for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A citizen has his fingerprints recorded to register for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. Elderly men wait patiently, carefully combing their hennaed...more

A citizen has his fingerprints recorded to register for the government identity card at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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A worker of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) checks newly printed government identity cards of registered citizens at the NADRA head office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14 , 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A worker of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) checks newly printed government identity cards of registered citizens at the NADRA head office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. Elderly men wait patiently, carefully combing their...more

A worker of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) checks newly printed government identity cards of registered citizens at the NADRA head office in Islamabad November 14, 2012. 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 card. Picture taken on November 14 , 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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