Pak passport issuing machinery mired in corruption
Islamabad, Mar. 21 : Bringing the issue of corruption to light, whistle blower Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has requested the Supreme Court to take suo motu action against officers in the Interior Ministry over delay in issuing passports to citizens.
According to The Express Tribune, the passport office - which was declared by TIP as the least corrupt till 2008, has become highly corrupt in last five years.
According to the procedure, on payment of ordinary fee, the passport should be delivered within 12 to 15 working days, and for urgent fee it should be available in five to seven working days, said TIP in its plea filed in the human rights cell of the Supreme Court.
However, the delivery schedule has been violated sometimes due to load shedding, breakdown of passport making machines, and since last year due to passport paper shortage, TIP said.
TIP urged the apex court to take up the case to help the citizens in getting their passports, and direct action against those responsible for the delay and corruption.
TIP is striving for across the board application of Rule of Law, which is the only way to stop corruption.