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FIA will launch biometric system to examining passports

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to bring in new passport-reading technology at the Benazir Butto International Airport since ten Afghan nationals were reported to be caught travelling on fake Pakistani passports at a London airport in September.

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Director FIA Immigration Inam Ghani told media that the technology, which will include Biometric machines, will be associated with the FIA’s passport and immigration database to enables its immigration staff to detect ‘the exquisite pseudo passports’.

This would enhance the performance of the FIA staff at the passport control desk at the BBI airport.

The Biometric system verifies the identity of a person on the basis of his or her finger prints.

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FIA Immigration deputy director Mohibullah Mandukel and assistant director Matiullah, who were manning the desk when the 10 Afghan nationals took a PIA flight to London, were transferred after the scandal of their forged travel documents unveiled on their landing at Heathrow airport.

Besides, three other FIA staff members were suspended and are being investigated on the suspicion that they collaborated in the fraud.

It is notable, that preliminary investigations found located that Khurram Shahzad had issued the boarding cards without the ten Afghan passengers reporting to the PIA counter.

FIA was said to be facing predicaments in taking support from the footage of the Close Circuit Television cameras installed in the International Departure Lounge of the Islamabad airport as they are controlled by the Airport Security Force exclusively for security purpose.

However, the airport management has now decided to install additional CCTV cameras.

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