ISLAMABAD: The Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Thursday launched an online passport renewal service for overseas Pakistanis, an option they were waiting for long.
Talking to media representatives at the headquarters of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the minister said the government was providing the latest e-passport renewal service to overseas Pakistanis only to be later available for locals with the country.
“After six months it [the service] will also be available inside Pakistan,” said Chaudhry Nisar and added, in a year or two the service would be expanded across Pakistan.
He said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has approved funds to the start the e-passport renewal service.
“The initial phase will begin from June 2017 with a cost of Rs 600-700 million. E-passports will be issued to officials and diplomats initially,” said the minister.
Nisar hinted that the government was also planning to issue passports for a period of 10 years in a bid to facilitate the public.
He said the government set up 72 additional passport offices with future plans of establishing passport offices in almost every district.
Nisar lauded the efforts made by the Passport Office and NADRA for introducing the online service and taking care of other measures such as complaint resolution service, short message service (SMS) and home delivery to facilitate citizens applying for passports and computerised national identity cards (CNICs).
The minister said the centre was adopting improved strategies to provide better facilities to people at NADRA offices across the country.