Pakistan introduces e-passport facility in Islamabad

The Directorate General of Immigration and Passports on June 10 rolled out e-passports for the residents of Islamabad and online renewal of passports facility across the country amid efforts to set up a robust and reliable passport system countrywide, complying with international standards.

Additionally, 30 passport processing counters have been established at NADRA centers across Pakistan, to ensure convenient access to passport services.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced the successful development of the modern passport system in Pakistan to empower citizens and streamline travel processes.

Inauguration Ceremony was held at the Directorate General of Immigration and Passport (DGI&P) Headquarters in Islamabad. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Rana Sanaullah emphasized that the e-passport facility, online renewal system, and passport processing counters will enhance passport security and provide convenience to citizens.

“The system is crucial in providing secure travel documents to citizens and facilitating visa-free travel,” the minister said.

These measures incorporate state-of-the-art security features, reducing the risks of passport fraud and identity theft.

Extension of E-passport Facilities

The Interior Minister also announced the extension of e-passport facilities from official and diplomatic passports to the residents of Islamabad, with plans for gradual expansion across the country. The in-country online passport renewal system allows applicants to renew their passports online, eliminating the need for multiple visits to passport offices. A dedicated web portal facilitates the application process and enables applicants to track their applications’ progress.

Passport Processing Counters

Under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s vision, 30 passport processing counters will be established at NADRA centers in various locations, providing accessibility for citizens to complete their applications in their respective tehsils. Trained personnel stationed at these counters will guide applicants through the data acquisition process, ensuring a smooth transfer of data for passport printing.

The collaboration between DGI&P and NADRA aims to optimize government resources and effectively address the country’s critical economic situation. These initiatives alleviate the burden on the state exchequer while aligning with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s vision for a modern passport system.

Rana Sanaullah said that honorable Members of Parliament would inaugurate the passport processing counters in their respective areas. “These steps mark the beginning of our journey toward a modern passport system,” he concluded.

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