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Nisar orders streamlining of issuance of visas to Chinese nationals

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday directed Interior Ministry to review, regulate and streamline the process of issuance of visas to Chinese nationals after the unfortunate incident of abduction of two Chinese from Quetta.

Expressing his deep concern over the unfortunate incident, the minister observed that there is a need to review the process of issuance of visas to the Chinese nationals coming to Pakistan for various projects and simultaneously to maintain a databank of the Chinese nationals present in various parts of the country. This databank, to be prepared by NADRA, should be shared with all security agencies, ordered the Minister.

This he said while chairing a high level meeting which reviewed issuance of visas to the Chinese and the progress made so far on the registration of INGOs under the new policy here at Interior Ministry.
The meeting was attended among others by Secretary Interior,

Advocate General, DG IMPASS, Deputy Chairman NADRA and senior officers. The minister further observed that there is a need to regulate the process of grant of visa extensions so as to ensure that the facility is not misused.

Taking serious note of laxity often shown by the Pakistani missions abroad during grant of visas especially the business visas, the Minister directed that all Pakistani Missions are bound to undertake proper scrutiny of visa application forms and must get all necessary details before exercising their power of issuance of visas to the foreign nationals.

He directed that MOFA should be taken on board and their input be included while formulating new visa policy guidelines for issuance of visas to the foreigners on various visa categories.

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