New hall to boost passport services at Pak Embassy

ABU DHABI — No more waiting in long lines for Pakistani nationals, said that country’s top envoy to the UAE while inaugurating the newly renovated consular services hall at its embassy in the Capital on Wednesday evening.

By Haseeb Haider

Published: Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:33 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:01 AM

Pakistanis living in the UAE have remitted $2.2 billion to their near and dear ones so far this year, showing a significant surge, when compared with the same period a year ago, ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan said.

Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the renovated counsellor services hall at Pakistan Embassy, Khan said the growth in remittances means the expatriate community is doing good and growing, as the domestic economy grew much faster in the year. The government acknowledges the strong role of its diaspora and working on projects to facilitate them in and outside the country.

The ambassador, who has taken several measures to ramp up the quality of services to the community since he assumed charge, said more facilities would be built in the near future to facilitate the visitors, as it was on top of his agenda. The renovated facility for passport renewal is the first step in this direction.

Khan said, “The people are no more required to stand in long queues for their services as this new facility serve up to 400 people at a time.”

He said that the staff strength for processing applications for the machine-readable passport has also been doubled, which has further eased up the workload on the staff, who is offering better services. Comparing the present situation with the past, the ambassador said people used to queue up early in the morning outside the chancellery building to get early appointments. Now, tokens for accepting the passport applications will be issued up till 1pm, he said, a measure which will not allow any congestion.

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