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47, 561 govt officers concealed service to obtain passports: FIA

47, 561 govt officers concealed service to obtain passports: FIA

ISLAMABAD:  A serious criminal negligence has been seen on part of the Passport Office as the Federal Investigation Agency in an inquiry report has pointed out that over 47, 000 officers concealed their government service while obtaining passports.

FIA Director-General Bashir Memon in a report submitted to the Supreme Court has held that 47, 561 officers had not declared their government service in their passports. The FIA has reached this conclusion with the help of a database of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Though the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports conducts a short interview before issuing a passport to any citizen of Pakistan and it has also direct access to the NADRA database, it has no mechanism to check if any government official is concealing his service while getting his/her passport. It has also ignored the fact that concealment government job while getting a passport is a crime under the law.