The identity card of a citizen in Upper Dir who has been mentioned as Barack Obama. – Photo by Iftekhar Hussain

UPPER DIR, 8 June: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has mistakenly written a citizen’s name as Barack Obama instead of Barack Hussain in his computerised national identity card (CNIC).

A resident of Upper Dir, Barack Hussain said his grandfather suggested this name for him. He said NADRA mistakenly wrote his name as Barack Obama in the CNIC which was later corrected. However, he said people in his area now jokingly call him Obama.

Barack Hussain told TNN that he is stopped at every check post for long time due to similarity of his name with the US president.

“Whenever I cross some check post and security men seek my identity card, they ask me whether I am a Pakistani Obama or from the US. Some people even take pictures with me. People say I should be happy to be the namesake of the US president, but I don’t have powers like him,” Barack Hussain said.