Issuance of passport: official apathy

Published Mar 22, 2013 05:06am

ARE the people at the helm of affairs of the directorate-general of passport and immigration in deep slumber? The federal interior secretary and his subordinates who are controlling the affairs of director general, passports and immigration, have no idea about the tension and anxiety being faced by the people.

A huge number of applicants are waiting since long despite having paid their fees, many of them for urgent passports. The people are paying the price for the inefficiency, incompetence, ineptitude, apathy and indifference of the passport office and the interior ministry as well.

I would urge the Chief Justice of Pakistan to direct the Interior Secretary & DG Passport to resolve the issue at the earliest or face the consequences for incompetence and inefficiency. Applicants’ visas are going to expire whereas the officials concerned at the passport office are paying no heed!

RAFAQAT WAHEED Islamabad


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Comments (4) (Closed)


Husain Jan
Mar 22, 2013 05:35am
It appears that the CJ would have to intervene in this matter too. He is already overloaded with such cases which should never have reached the courts but for the apathy of the govt and its corrupt or indifferent departments. While asking the concerned authorities to resolve the issue at the soonest, the Chief Justice should also pass an order that if the passports are not issued within the prescribed time period the applicants must be refunded half of the fee which is collected in advance. If urgent passports are issued after much delay there is no justification to charge the urgent fee.
Ali
Mar 22, 2013 06:30am
Who cares. Their eyes and ears are closed. Yes, they are in deep slumber, with do not disturb sign hanging in there.
Ashraf Usman
Mar 22, 2013 07:24am
The touts at the Awami Markaz Karachi office are openly asking for a bribe of Rs. 10000 to 15,000 for the ugent passport to be delivered in 3 days and they are honoring this promise with an additional feature of home delivery. How is it happening needs a thorough investigation by no less than the staff from the supreme court.
Gerry D'Cunha
Mar 22, 2013 11:31am
pakistanis living abroad, may be thanking their Almighty Lord for saving them from this hassle and all other hassles the poor people of pakistan have to face everyday - in foreign countries everthing is so smooth and so systemaized to make one's life easy.