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Passport Issue: Karachi can be shut for a year, warns MQM

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members staged a walkout from the Senate, over the matter of a passport not being issued to MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain – ARY News reports.

Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Sabir Baloch presided the session of the upper house on Monday, during which MQM members strongly protested over the matter of a Pakistani passport, not being issued to MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain.

MQM member, Senator Tahir Mashhadi warned the authorities that if a passport is not issued to the MQM Chief, then Karachi can be shut for a year. Later, the members boycotted the session and walked out of the house.

On the other hand, MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain has expressed his regret over the statement of DG Passport, Safdar Mahmood who had told it was being considered to receive passports’ fee through ATM cards. Safdar had added that discussion was also underway to issue e-passports.

To a query by Senator Shahi Syed, the DG Passport had said MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had not furnished a request for his passport.       

Altaf Hussain said that he had given an application on April 4 to NADRA officials, in the presence of Pakistani High Commissioner in UK, Wajid Shams ul Hassan.

He told that NADRA officials had taken his finger prints, pictures and he had filled the application form, for which the fee was also deposited.

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