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- Sunday, May 27, 2012 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to establish the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and passport offices in 86 Pakistani missions in different countries of the world, the Interior Ministry sources said.


In this regard, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik chaired a high level meeting here on Saturday to review overseas Pakistanis’ problems in obtaining the CNIC and passport at the Ministry of Interior.


The meeting was attended by federal secretary interior, director general immigration and passports, deputy chairman of Nadra, DG, NCMC and chief commissioner and deputy commissioner of Islamabad.


The minister said that on the directives of the president and prime minister every possible step would be taken to solve overseas Pakistanis’ problems regarding the CNIC and passport. He said DG immigration and passports and Nadra chairman had categorically been ordered in this regard.


Malik said that in 86 Pakistani missions in foreign countries, MRP and Nadra facilities were not available.


Taking cognisance of the problems of overseas Pakistanis, the minister said, he had ordered DG immigration and passports and Nadra chairman to open 30 Nadra and passport offices abroad in next six months.


He said that passport offices in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Greece, the Netherlands and New Zealand would be opened within two months. MRP system in Pakistani missions in Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow would be installed by the end of next month, he added.


The minister said he had ordered immediate posting of passport office staff in Pakistani missions in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Canberra, Damascus and Madrid where systems had already been installed. He said an additional Nadra counter would be set up in PHC London.


The minister said that passport offices would be established in five states of UAE. He said that extension to manual passports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia up to the year 2015 had already been granted by the brotherly country of Saudi Arabia. He said that passport staff in Pakistani missions in Jeddah and Riyadh would be doubled and a new passport office would be established in Damam.


The minister said that Pakistan Origin Cards facility for foreign spouses had been restored subject to security clearance.