Nadra launching Integrated Border Management System today
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is learnt to have tasked National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to develop and commission an Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) as a key technology partner to replace PISCES at 26 entry/exit points across the county.
According to a Nadra spokesperson, Minister for Interior Senator Rehman Malik, is expected to be the chief guest on the launch of IBMS at Lahore Airport on Saturday. As much as 90 percent of the total traffic has been shifted to IBMS for immigration processing, the remainder traffic is expected to be linked with the system in a few months, he added. Entry and exit points include all international airports, land routes, railway stations and seaports for immigration processing.
According to the Nadra spokesperson, the system is indigenously developed and is designed to replace the US-origin PISCES system with several new additional features. The system has been tailored specifically in accordance with Pakistan’s immigration laws which will help prevent illegal entry, besides curbing the use of counterfeit documents, human smuggling, and other travel frauds.
IBMS was successfully launched and deployed since February 2011 in collaboration with FIA and currently operational at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad, Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar and Torkham land route. The system would be formally launched at Allam Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, Airport on August 25.