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NADRA to serve globally within 5 years: Malik

ISLAMABAD: The government will ensure National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) registration facility for overseas Pakistanis in all embassies across the world within five years, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the National Assembly on Wednesday.

To a question, the minister said that overseas Pakistanis now receive registration forms for computerised national identity card (CNICs) from the Internet, and they are dispatched the identity cards at their postal addresses within a prescribed period. He told the House that the ministry had already established a NADRA system in the Pakistani embassy in Canada, but introducing the facility in every embassy “involves huge financial implications”.

He said the amount for the PC-I of the project is being increased annually, and is likely to be completed within five years.

To a question, he said Pakistani ID cards are not issued to foreigners, but any proposal “may be considered if it was particularly related to investment” and was forwarded by the ministry concerned. Malik told the House in a written reply that 138 prohibited-bore licences had been issued to the Inter-Risk security company during the year 2008-09.

Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabani Khar told the House during the question-hour session that the government was working on a nine-point agenda for rapid and sustainable socio-economic uplift of the country. She said the Planning Commission had chalked out a new five-year development plan aimed at overcoming socio-economic problems. She said the government had been giving special attention to the provision of “improved education facilities” to the people, and generating more employment opportunities for the youth.

Minister for Trade Makhdoom Amin Fahim informed the House that a three-year trade policy had been announced by the government, focused on enhancing exports and ensuring trade balance.
Source: Daily Times
Date:2/18/2010