NA: (NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Government Assurances met on Tuesday here in Parliament House, under the Chairmanship of Mohammad Afzal Khokhar, MNA to consider an agenda.

The Additional Secretary, Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee that the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) system is entirely being operated in the missions by the officials of the Directorate General Immigration and Passports (IMPASS) so far.

At the missions, only biometrics of the applicants is captured, the data obtained is checked with NADRA system online, and then the data is transferred to the Directorate of Immigration and Passports headquarters in Islamabad, online.

On the basis of supplied data by the missions, the MRPs are prepared in Pakistan, and sent by courier services to the missions for collection by the applicants. The IMPASS would be in a better position to elaborate further. Only manual passports are issued by the missions. There is neither any backlog nor any complaint in this regard.

Director General, Immigration and Passports briefed that the Passports applied by expatriates of Pakistan Foreign Mission abroad particularly that of Malaysia are being issued well in time and in accordance with prescribed scheduled of delivery.

Thus, backlog of about 8 lac Passports was cleared in July, 2013. Thereafter, there does not exist any backlog of Passports and since clearance of backlog, about 6.4 million Passports have been issued within stipulated period of time.

MNAs Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Ms Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Chaudhry Mohammad Munir Azhar, Syed Sajid Mehdi and Obaid Ullah Shadi Khel attended the meeting in which Mover Sher Akbar Khan, MNA was also present.

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