Pakistan

Nisar directs to set up online system for issuance of visas

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday directed National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to develop an online system for issuance of visas to maintain record and to avoid irregularities.

He directed Nadra to establish a centralized digital databank for issuance of visa to all foreigners issued through Pakistan missions across the globe.

“The mechanism would help foreigners to get an online visa appointment for traveling to Pakistan and it will bring transparency and clarity to the system,” he said while chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad.

Secretary interior, chairman Nadra, director general Air Wing and senior officers from ministry of interior were also present on this occasion.

The interior minister said that central digital databank of visa appointments and visa issuance mechanism would help the state to keep a check on all aliens visiting the country.

It is pertinent to mention that on the directions of Nisar Ali the letter written by the Prime Minister Office during the previous government authorizing Pakistani ambassador in US to issue visas with approval from Islamabad was withdrawn in 2014.

The interior minister observed that there was still a need to make the whole exercise more transparent.

A lot has been done, he said, during the last three years to ensure that no alien should enter Pakistan without proper documents and these documents should duly be verified before issue.

He ordered Nadra to develop an online system for issuance of visas so that everything comes on the record and there is absolutely no space for irregularity.

The meeting also discussed the future of Ministry of Interior’s Air Wing post 2017.  Nisar said, “Air cover of the Ministry of Interior is for its fight against terrorism, militancy, extremism, and drug peddlers in the most sensitive areas across Pak-Afghan border and specifically in Balochistan and it has been a source of great support for our security forces in this respect.”

The Interior Minister also imposed a ban on Nadra from taking buildings on rent and purchasing land on commercial rates for establishment of its offices.

The minister said that Nadra should approach all the provincial governments for purchasing of land for its offices on government rates. He gave one week deadline to Nadra for putting up a proposal in regards to establishment of rules and regulations for the contractors and settling their rates for construction / renovation.

He said that looking at the financial wrongdoings of the past over the purchase of land and building on rent purposes Nadra it is imperative that such practice should be stopped for good.

National Technology Limited, a software company established by NADRA, was also closed down on the orders of the interior minister.

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