The threat of illegal travel documents, human smuggling and entry/exit of undesirable elements has created a major discrepancy in our internal and external communal dynamics and stained Pakistan’s image globally. Crime feeds upon the inability of states to ensure reliable identity/credible travel documents for its citizens and visas for foreigners entering its borders; and is compounded by the absence of systems enabled to detect fraudulent movement at immigration points. The problem is especially pronounced in Pakistan, bringing into question the nation’s credibility in the community of nations.
In order to computerize the Arrival / Departure record of International Travelers, “Personal Identification Secure Comparison & Evaluation System”, (PISCES), was established in 2002 with partial assistance of the US Government. This Project has achieved its defined objectives and the Project is expiring on 30th June 2008. All the targets conceived in Project document have been achieved with in the allocated budget. PISCES was conceived with the following features
During the course of PISCES implementation a number of immigration issues which were a big challenge before PISCES (e.g., implementation of ECL and tracing of doubtful documents) have been handled competently; but at the same time while parsing through the experience of running PISCES, a number of alarming issues have surfaced which need to be addressed on priority.
The proposed IBMS is aimed to document the entire process of foreigners visiting Pakistan. This would start from Visa Issuance and include entry into Pakistan, movement within Pakistan, and departure from Pakistan. Doubtful illegal suspects over-staying in Pakistan would be declared illegal for further action by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies. IBMS would cover the entire traffic coming through defined channels and by checking doubtful foreigners at different locations. IBMS got approved by the CDWP in April 2008 with a total cost of the project is Rs. 421.401 million.
IBMS will be integrated with the Pakistan Machine Readable Passport server located at Dte. Gen. I&P. The server will not be accessed directly by any user of the IBMS, but will only be accessed by the IBMS Central Server IBMS local servers.
The Passport and Visas presented at the arrival or departure will be verified locally, by querying the MRP database, where required.
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