ISLAMABAD – The Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid has revealed that in the tenure of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s led government some ‘girl friends’ were issued the Blue Passports.
Pervaiz Rashid leveled the charges on Monday while talking to media representatives.
The leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s alleged that in previous government’s tenure Blue Passports were distributed among undeserving people. “Girl friends were issued Blue Passports in previous government. We have asked Passport Department to give all statistics regarding Blue Passports. Those who do not deserve must be deprived from this privilege,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that former Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik was believed to get as many as 3,000 Blue Passports in last year of PPP led government. However, Rehman Malik or PPP never made any public statement regarding this allegation.
The Blue of Official passports are issued to Pakistani Nationals who are Senators, MNAs, Provincial Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan/High Courts, Officers serving with the Government and proceeding abroad on official assignments etc. in pursuance of Para-9 of Passport & Visa Manual, 2006.
The Blue Passport holders are entitled to get privileged handling on all airports in Pakistan that include separate counters for boarding, duty free carriage of luggage and other items which might be banned for common passengers, and quick accusation of immigration process.