Printing of passports to be decentralised, says Malik
By: Shakeel Anjum
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to decentralise the printing process of machine-readable passports (MRP) on the complaint of overseas Pakistanis, the Ministry of Interior said. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has taken a serious notice of the delay in issuance of passports and directed that printing process of passports should be decentralised, and this would be issued at the provincial headquarters and divisional level.
In this regard, he directed the authorities concerned to complete the process within two months time. He said earlier passports for the citizens were issued only from Islamabad, but the de-centralization would help facilitate those living in Pakistan and Overseas Pakistani as well.
The minister, who held a meeting with departments concerned, said he has also directed to double the strength of staff in 36 passport offices of Pakistan worldwide and in future these offices would also have facility of printing passports. He said issuance of passports would start within a week from Los Angles, United States.
The minister said more passport offices were being established in Multan, Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan while passport offices in Haripur and Chakwal would start functioning soon. Malik said issuance process of MRPs is being improved and such passports would soon be issued from Pakistan’s embassies abroad.
Source: THE NEWS