ISLAMABAD: Overseas Pakistanis living in 25 countries are in danger of being deported from October 1, 2016 as the ministry of Interior fails to extend machine readable passport (MRP) facility.
Internationally, manual passports will not be accepted by the end of September 2016 in any part of the world while Pakistani missions in 25 countries still do not have the MRP facility. This was told to National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, which met here on Tuesday at parliament house under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. A representative of the foreign affairs ministry told the committee that despite several reminders being given to the ministry of interior to provide MRP facility in all missions abroad, 25 missions still do not have the facility. The ministry of interior did not take any action and, as a result, from October this year, the expatriates in these countries will be unable to travel due to invalid manual passports. The Foreign Ministry official requested the committee to ask the interior ministry to provide the MRP facility to the Pakistani mission.