Expats voice dismay to Pak ambassacdor

Expats voice dismay to Pak ambassacdor

Members of the Pakistani community in the Capital on Thursday raised the issue of delays in receiving machine-readable passports (MRPs) with Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan during his visit to the embassy premises.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2013, 10:12 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:36 AM

Khan met a large number of community members during his weekly visit of the Consular Section of the Embassy: “The purpose of the visit is to physically inspect the smooth functioning of all the consular services at the Embassy including issuance of passports, identity cards, visas and attestation of documents,” he said during his interaction with visitors.

Jamil Ahmed Khan speaking with community members in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. — Supplied photo

A large number of Pakistani community members complained about non-receipt of their MRPs on due dates and they raised frustrations about the problematic repercussions of such delays. Many stated that they would lose their jobs due to such delays as resident visas cannot be renewed on expired passports.

Moreover, many said that their sponsors have already pronounced to revoke their resident visas as it involves fines, an additional liability to the employer.

Community members including Shah Rawar, Sohail Sarwar, Tayeb Ali and Hameed Khan expressed the miseries they are facing due to non delivery of their passports and further stated that the extent of devastation they are going to face if they lose their jobs because of the lax attitude of the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports (IMPASS) back home.

While responding to the concerns of the community, Ambassador Khan informed that he has already taken up the matter at the highest level with the government.

While commenting on the critics, Khan said: “The poor planning of the IMPASS is seriously impacting on the lives of Pakistanis, particularly those who are living in the UAE”. He said, he will ensure that the IMPASS shall not show any complacency in timely delivery of the passports.

The Ambassador told the community he has recommended to the Government of Pakistan for action against the officials who are involved in the delay in the delivery of the new passports to the overseas Pakistanis.

In the UAE alone, around 8,000 ordinary passports and 5,000 urgent passports are pending to date at the IMPASS headquarters in Islamabad, which would pile up to 12,000 and 8,000, respectively by the end of next month: “Also so far 600,000 MRPs have been issued by our missions in the UAE,” said Khan.

While recognising the services of the Pakistani community in the UAE, the Ambassador stated that they are contributing enormously to the development of this beautiful country, while also sharing towards the economy of their homeland.

Ambassador Khan also informed the community that to permanently resolve this issue, he has strongly recommended to the authorities in Pakistan that passport printing machines should be installed at the Embassy in Abu Dhabi so that such delays may not occur again. Once the printing is started locally, he said, the Embassy would be able to deliver urgent passports in a maximum of two days and ordinary delivery within five to six days.


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