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Nisar directs to maintain databank for Chinese nationals in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for maintaining a databank for Chinese nationals working at different projects in Pakistan.

Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad on Monday, he directed the ministry to review, regulate and streamline the process of issuance of visas to Chinese nationals.

The minister said the databank prepared by Nadra should be shared with all security agencies.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that there was a need to regulate the process of grant of visa extensions so as to ensure that the facility was not misused.

He said that ensuring the security of foreign nationals was a shared responsibility and the government was making every effort to provide security to foreigners.

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Taking serious note of laxity often shown by the Pakistani missions abroad during grant of visas, especially the business visas, the minister directed that all Pakistani missions were bound to undertake proper scrutiny of visa application forms.

The meeting also reviewed the progress in the registration of international NGOs under the new policy framework devised by the Ministry of Interior.

It was informed that so far 66 international NGOs have been formally registered.

The minister directed that the process of granting formal registration to the NGOs should be completed by end of next month.

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