Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched the country’s Electronic passport and said that it will facilitate citizens, especially those who are residing in foreign countries.
Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad, Khan said that e-passport carries various forms of security checks, adding that such extension of benefits to overseas Pakistanis will ultimately benefit the country.
The prime minister said that overseas Pakistanis are a valuable asset and recently Pakistan has received record remittances from them.
The use of technology will make things easier for the people while helping to control and manage corruption, Khan said. It will also help further facilitate and promote the tourism industry in Pakistan, he added.
An electronic chip would be used in the new biometric passport, he said in a statement issued here. He said 29 latest new security features have been added to the E-Passport. It would be the biggest up-gradation of Pakistani travel documents since 2004, he added.
The minister said the E-Passport holder would take benefit of the E-gate facility at all airports around the world. Initially, the E-Passport facility would be available for diplomatic and government officials, he added.