Pakistan has announced an amnesty program for anyone who wants to give up additional passports

Pakistan has announced an amnesty program for anyone who wants to give up additional passports

In one of its most recent decrees, the Pakistani government established an amnesty scheme that requires those with two passports and two computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to relinquish one passport and CNIC in order to escape legal action. In the last cabinet meeting in Pakistan, a summary was sent by the Pakistan Interior Ministry to the federal government which approved the amnesty scheme, reported The News International. The scheme would be valid until December 31st this year.

Earlier, from the year 2006 to 2016, the federal government of Pakistan had introduced six initiatives that resulted in the cancellation of nearly 12,000 passports in Pakistan, reported The News International. The statistics of the Pakistan Interior Ministry indicate that the new amnesty scheme would cancel more than 38,000 passports of Pakistani people.

According to a spokesperson of the Pakistan Interior Ministry, people who failed to submit their illegal identity cards and travel documents would be liable for legal action. He stated that the amnesty scheme would prove beneficial for both Pakistanis residing in the country and those living overseas. He further directed to spread the word of the amnesty scheme properly. As per Section 6 (1) (j) of the Passports Act, “A person shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both, if they obtain more than one passport either in the same or different names by concealing the fact of already being in possession of a passport.”

 

 

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