Washington – The facility of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) will soon be made available at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C., Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.
The Pakistan government introduced the MRP in 2006 for Pakistani nationals at home and abroad, having five- and ten-year validity. The Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles and New York, are already issuing MRPs.
“We are making arrangements to introduce the MRP facility in Washington at the earliest to facilitate the large Pakistani community living here,” the Minister said during his recent visit to the United States.
The MRP has special security features designed to check human trafficking and forgery and contains digitally printed personal data with a photograph in the bar code. Valid Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) or Computerized Registration Certificate (CRC) or the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) original is mush for issuance of MRPs.
Minister Khan was here to represent Pakistan at the While House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. In his remarks at the summit, the Minister lauded the U.S. leadership for taking the initiative that could help forging common ground against the “common enemy” of violent extremism.
He also met U.S. National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama’s Special Assistant on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jeff Eggers, and apprised them about the ongoing military operation against the militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area along the Afghan border. “Violent extremism was an affront to core human values and threatened all societies.”
Ambassador Rice assured the Minister continued U.S. support for Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terrorism.
The U.S. is Pakistan’s biggest donor and has provided billions of dollars in military and economic aid to fight terrorism. During his visit to Pakistan in January, Kerry announced an additional $250 million in U.S. aid to help people displaced by conflict in the tribal region.