This was stated by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while responding to a question in the House.
He said initially online system would be introduced within the country and at a later stage it would be expanded to cover other countries as well. Presently, 83 Pakistani missions abroad are issuing machine readable passports.
He said somewhere in the middle of the next year, online applications for passports would be received by our missions abroad.
The minister said the discretionary power of the interior minister to relax rules for issuance of Blue Passports was misused in the past and the present government cancelled 2000 passports on the questionable excuse of public interest.
Chaudhry Nisar said online application and issuance of national identity cards had already begun but the process would take few months more to consolidate.
The minister said hundreds of thousands of fake identity cards had been revoked and action taken against officials concerned of NADRA.
Replying to a supplementary about blocking of identity cards, the minister said a committee consisting of members representing different parliamentary parties would be formed to sort out the issue with NADRA.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal told the house that the number of tax payers has gone up from 711000 to over one million during the last two years.
He informed the house that loans worth 24.844 billion dollars were payable by the country to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development.
He said net domestic loans borrowed by the present government were about Rs2760 billion. Debt servicing on these loans is Rs650 billion.
The parliamentary secretary said over Rs78 billion worth of loans were written off by all banks and Development Financial Institutions during the last five years. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad presented annual report of the National Economic Council for the financial year 2013-14 in the house.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Saqlain Bokhari informed the house that Pakistan’s low ranking on Human Development Index was due to law and order situation, unemployment and price-hike. The House began discussion on President address to the joint session of the parliament.
Initiating the debate, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said the opposition sincerely wants that the parliamentary system moves at smoothly.
About operation in Sindh, he said provincial government did not create any hurdle in giving necessary powers to Rangers. He said it is for judiciary to take notice of corruption and carry out accountability.
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour stated that Rangers have checked deteriorating security situation in Karachi. He said the issue of extension in the mandate of Rangers should be resolved in consultation with the provincial government.
Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said why the Sindh government was delaying extension in the mandate of Rangers. He said Karachi was an international city and Rangers’ mandate will have to be extended for the sake of peace and security in the city.