Islamabad – Pakistan has stopped visa-on-arrival facility to foreigners immediately to avoid any ‘irregularities’ in database, according to the government.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan has issued the order.
Addressing a high-level meeting held at the Ministry of Interior, he asked the participants for strict implementation of rules and regulations in the ministry and its attached departments.
The interior minister also ordered the Ministry of Interior to revise and update visa rules.
The minister said introduction of online visa regime to bring in transparency, minimise discretion and expedite the entire process should be ensured.
Indifference to this responsibility in addressing the problems of the people will invite serious notice and action, he added.
He said central visa database is essential as it would enable Pakistani state institutions to keep a tab on all those travelling to Pakistan on any visa category.
To ensure strict surveillance of Pakistan’s land, sea and air route entry and exit points on borders, Nisar ordered speedy completion of concept paper for modern Immigration and Border Control Department (IBCD).
The minister observed that as a first step, a separate body of IBCD should be set up under the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
He said modern immigration department would strengthen border control management of the country which is currently managed by the FIA.
The FIA officials also gave a detailed briefing to the interior minister about the recoveries in various cases, including human trafficking and the recoveries made from various petroleum marketing companies in lieu of petroleum levy.
It was informed that FIA recovered Rs2.513 billion in various cases in 2016. An amount of Rs2.13 billion had also been recovered and deposited in the national treasury from the inquiry into recovery of petroleum levy.