Ijaz Shah, Interior Minister, said that the passport-free entrance of currently Indian pilgrims into the Kartarpur Corridor was not permitted in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Pakistan and India.
Moreover, he said, a plan was under consideration for granting the entry in Kartarpur Corridor without a passport to attract more tourists, for which thorough input could be sought from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He added that the Indian tourists were supervised by the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) along with other law enforcement agencies through a combination of physical and electronic security systems.
Details of issuing the national identity cards to foreigners were also shown in the house. From 2009-2012, the interior ministry said 1,637 foreigners were issued national identity cards, while from 2013-2018, 474 were issued the cards. The ministry said it had dismissed 420 employees for issuing the foreigners’ national identity cards.
Ijaz Shah also said the ministry had banned 84 organizations so far, while 337 individuals were banned from traveling abroad under the Anti-Terrorism Act.