The Ministry of Interior has so far installed Machine Readable Passports (MRP) System at country’s 33 Foreign Missions to facilitate overseas Pakistanis regarding issuance of passport and visas.
Besides, the authorities are in a process of deploying the MRP system at four other Pakistani Foreign Missions and it would be completed by the end of this month. According to the Ministry of Interior here on Monday, currently, the government is providing the MRP facilities to over 80 per cent of the Pakistani community residing abroad. It has also planned to deploy the MRP system at 50 Foreign Missions in current financial year and 22 in the next financial year 2015-2016 in a phased manner.
Regarding number of Directorate General Immigration & Passports (IMPASS) employees posted at the Pakistan Missions, the ministry said it is 52 and they are posted on merit. It said a committee comprising three to five officers of the Ministry of Interior and IMPASS finalizes the selection of officers/officials for posting at the Pakistan Missions. Their performance is also evaluated on the basis of fitness-cum-seniority; it said and added that the professional qualification and experience are primary factors in selection of employees.