Govt to issue e-pass­ports in 2017 to curb hu­man traf­fick­ing

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—The fed­eral govern­ment plans to issue e-pass­ports to Pak­istani cit­i­zens to curb hu­man traf­fick­ing in the coun­try and pre­vent peo­ple from forg­ing travel doc­u­ments.

The project was for­mally ap­proved by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at his of­fice in Islamabad. The plan is to make e-pass­ports avail­able by 2017.

The DG Im­mi­gra­tion and Pass­ports, Us­man Akhtar Ba­jwa in­formed the of­fi­cials at the meet­ing a mi­cro-chip would be em­bed­ded in each e-pass­port that will con­tain all bio­met­ric in­for­ma­tion. “This will help in au­then­ti­cat­ing the iden­tity of the trav­eller,” he said.

If needed, the in­for­ma­tion stored in epass­ports can be amended. How­ever, the in­for­ma­tion can only be amended by Pak­istani im­mi­gra­tion and pass­port au­thor­i­ties.

Nisar said forgery and mis­use of Pak­istani travel doc­u­ments dam­age the na­tional im­age. He said the meth­ods and so­phis­ti­ca­tion through which hu­man traf­fick­ers forge trav­el­ling doc­u­ment need to be pre-empted through a doc­u­ment that could nei­ther be forged nor copied.

Is­su­ing e-pass­ports will be “the most im­por­tant step in that di­rec­tion,” he as­serted.

“We will en­sure the men­ace of hu­man traf­fick­ing from Pak­istani soil [is elim­i­nated] with the in­tro­duc­tion of e-pass­ports, a new dig­i­tal doc­u­ment for in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers in fu­ture,” the min­is­ter said.

Nisar directed DG-IMPASS to ac­quire an in-house, mod­ern dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chine equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to cater to the need of print­ing e-pass­ports and en­sure qual­ity con­trol. The meet­ing was at­tended by min­istry’s se­nior of­fi­cials in­clud­ing of­fi­cials of the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency and NADRA.—INP

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