ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday launched a new passport renewal service providing an opportunity to overseas Pakistanis to apply for passport online.
Speaking at a news conference here at NADRA eadquarters, the minister said in the first phase, the online passport service would be for Overseas Pakistanis and after six months it would also be available inside Pakistan.
He said in a year or two the service would be expanded across Pakistan. He appreciated the work done by Passport Office and NADRA for introducing the online service and taking other measures like complaint resolution service, mega centres, SMS service and home delivery to facilitate citizens applying for passport and identity cards.
He said he continued to receive complaints of extortion and rush at NADRA offices and further steps would be taken to provide more facilities to people.
Chaudhry Nisar said he talked to Finance Minister and got his approval for finances for start of e passport project. In the initial phase which would start from June 2017 with a cost of Rs 600 to 700 million, e-passports would be issued to officials and diplomats. “Then within two years, the e-passports would be issued across Pakistan”.
He said he wanted that passports should be issued for a period of 10 years to reduce burden on Passport Office and public. This step would minimize misuse of Pakistani passport, which would get more recognition in the world.
He said the government set up 72 more passport offices, adding the government planned to establish passport office in every district. The minister said services at NADRA offices would be improved so that people could easily get identity cards.