'Securing Pakistan begins with securing international borders. And this means all borders, international airports, land, rail and sea borders' said Nadra chairman Tariq Malik in a statement issued here Monday.
He said that the system is designed and tailored specifically as per immigration laws of the country, which helps prevent illegal entry, use of counterfeit documents, human smuggling, and other travel fraud. IBMS is now operational at Pak-Iran border for the management of passengers of all entries/exists through these stations and effective tomorrow all passengers will be processed through the system, he added.
He said Nadra is the partner for the implementation of IBMS for Federal Immigration Authority to replace the existing PISCES system at all the entry and exist points in Pakistan including airport, railway stations and land routes. Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that IBMS is already operational on all major international airports including Benazir International Airport Islamabad, Quiad-e-Azam International Airport Karachi, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. Nadra also implemented IBMS and land border between Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, and rail route between Pakistan India at Khorapar, Sindh.
Highlighting IBMS features, he said it has been designed to document and store the entire process starting from visa issuance till departure and arrivals from the country thus preventing illegal human trafficking as well as illegal immigrants to flee from the country. IBMS has been equipped with the latest technologies like advance fingerprint matching, digital facial recognition system, specialised handling for different categories of travellers, he added.
Nadra has converted huge amount of manual legacy data into digital information to crack down illegal immigration. "We have built capacity of FIA and helped them so that they can help themselves by making using of state-of-art technology to do their core job, combating human trafficking and international terrorism, he said. Details of millions of international travellers are now part of IBMS. Nadra is working on all remaining land and sea borders to deploy its home-grown technology. The system is developed by software engineers of Nadra indigenously. Minister of Interior, Rehman Malik is expected to inaugurate the system formally soon.