See how stink­ing our pass­port of­fice is!

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

THERE have al­ways been com­plaints and al­le­ga­tions about ram pant cor­rup­tion in the Pass­port Of­fice but Tues­day’s frank ad­mis sion by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch Nisar Ali Khan about sorry state-ofaf­fairs in the depart­ment de­mands sur­gi­cal oper­a­tion to cure the malaise as it is threat­en­ing na­tional se­cu­rity and in­ter­est. Same de­plorable con­di­tions per­sist in NADRA, which shame­lessly is­sued over 45,000 com­put­er­ized na­tional iden­tity cards to for­eign­ers in the past ten years and no one knows to what ex­tent this harmed the coun­try.

The In­te­rior Min­is­ter was nec­es­sar­ily speak­ing in the back­drop of Amer­i­can drone at­tack that re­port­edly killed Afghan Tal­iban leader Mulla Man­soor and the pass­port found from the site of the at­tack in the name of one Wali Mo­ham­mad. Tehsil­dar, who ver­i­fied Pak­istani na­tion­al­ity of Wali Muham­mad, has also been ar­rested but what about oth­ers who helped for­eign­ers ob­tain CNICs and Pak­istani passports. The prob­lem is not just con­fined to Balochis­tan but the en­tire Pak­istan and passports is­sued to for­eign na­tion­als have fre­quently re­sulted into em­bar­rass­ment for the coun­try as the hold­ers have been com­mit­ting se­ri­ous crimes like ter­ror­ism, sab­o­tage, smug­gling and drug traf­fick­ing. Some of them were even hanged by Saudi Ara­bia on sim­i­lar charges but still no re­me­dial mea­sures were taken to re­form work­ing of both NADRA and Pass­port Of­fice. It is strange and re­gret­table that while gen­uine ap­pli­cants are made to visit and re-visit of­fices of NADRA and Pass­port Of­fice on friv­o­lous pre­texts and ob­jec­tions, forged doc­u­ments are is­sued to for­eign­ers and un­scrupu­lous el­e­ments with the full con­nivance of some of­fi­cials of these or­ga­ni­za­tions. This is era of digi­ti­sa­tion but still there is no trans­parency in the work­ing of NADRA and Pass­port Of­fice and known cor­rupt of­fi­cials are free to com­pro­mise na­tional in­ter­est for the sake of few bucks. We hope that the In­te­rior Min­is­ter, who is a leader of vi­sion, com­mit­ment and fore­sight, would not leave the mat­ter at that and apart from fix­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for is­suance of CNICs and passports to for­eign­ers, would also de­vise a fool­proof mech­a­nism to avoid re­cur­rence of the prac­tice in fu­ture.

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