More than 4.6 million low-quality and substandard passports were printed during Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government’s tenure.
A government document revealed that at least 8, 18626 passports were destroyed every year during PML-N rule due to low-quality printing.
As per the document, every month 13,643 substandard passports were printed from Pakistan Security Printing Corporation in Karachi from 2013 to 2017. These low-quality passports were burnt down in 2017.
The quality of printing was low due to the printing corporation’s old machines.
The document shows that despite the continuous loss, the authorities have not taken any action against the printing corporation and has continued to work with them.
When contacted for comment, a passport official told ProPakistani that the department receives over 20,000 visa applications every day, and had no choice but to continue printing with the old partner to ensure timely availability of the passports.
He added that the printing plates for the national passports were only available on those old machines.