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Passport issuance crisis to be resolved within a month: official

April 11, 2013

Pakistani passport. – File Photo

KARACHI: In a bid to resolve the ongoing crisis of passport issuance, a summary was sent to the caretaker prime minister for his special approval to issue 1.5 million laminates, Director General of Passports and Immigration Zulfiqar Cheema said on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The recently appointed DG indicated that the matter would be resolved within a month.

A special request has been sent to the caretaker prime minster to resolve the 0.9 million passport applications pending  moreover the Federal Interior Secretary Khwaja Siddique wrote to the caretaker premiere for the issuance of 1.5 million laminates.

The tender for the supply of laminate was awarded the previous company based in the United States as the Islamabad High Court had already issued a verdict in this regards, according to sources.

The printing of a large number of passports was held up due to the non-availability of laminates, causing agony to applicants.