Govt to introduce new online system for Pakistan visa: Nisar

Govt to introduce new online system for Pakistan visa: Nisar

Pakistan Visa Online System News

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
on Tuesday said the government was putting in place a system to ensure
that nobody entered Pakistan without proper visa and security clearance.

Addressing a press conference here, he said nobody could enter Pakistan
without proper documentation under the new online system.  He said
in the past visas were issued without taking any responsibility which was
a matter of grave concern.

The Minister recalled that as leader of the opposition in National Assembly,
he repeatedly raised the issue on floor of the House and pointed out that
many foreigners were entering Pakistan and getting visas without any security
clearance.

Many persons were arrested on check points in Islamabad, Lahore and
other cities but they were later released, he added. Nisar said it was in
his notice that at that time many people were allowed to enter Pakistan
without visas.

The Interior Minister of the past government never responded to the
issues raised by him, he reminded.

Chaudhry Nisar said at that time he stated local administration did not
know who lived in about 300-400 houses in Islamabad as the tenants
were reluctant to give their identity details. But when district administration
issued deadline all the tenants provided required information.

The Minister said when the present government came to office, a notification
by the PPP Prime Minister came to his knowledge, according to which
an ambassador was allowed to issue visas without any clearance from
security agencies.

“I cancelled the notification in 2014 and put in place a system to stop
issuance of visas to foreigners without any security clearance. I can say
with confidence that malpractices in visa system have been stopped,” he said.

He informed that fines of Rs 90 million were imposed on the airlines for
bringing in passengers from abroad without documentation, adding these
passengers were sent out of Pakistan on the next flight.

He said with online system for issuance of visas, if a person will even apply for visa, his record will be available to the concerned ministry as well as security departments, he explained.

“With a push of the button, we will know who is coming to Pakistan,” he added.

The Minister said Immigration Department would be separated from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and in principle, the Prime Minister has given approval for introduction of the new system.

Nisar said diplomats and others were now given visas only after security clearance. Diplomats were being issued visas after proper checks.

Similarly, he said, visas were being given after security clearance so that no intelligence or security official could enter Pakistan in guise of a diplomat, he mentioned.

Now visas fees were being charged on reciprocal basis in line with the fees charged by other countries, he added.

He said action could not be taken about past acts as no record of persons who were given visas, was kept by Interior Ministry of the past government.

The minister said he had instructed National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to prepare a database of those applying for visas.

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