Foreign ministry issues computerised passports
Printed according to international standards, the computerised passports would help improve security, a ministry spokesman, Janan Musazai, told a news conference in Kabul.
The passports -- with certain security codes that could be checked and registered by machines at airports -- were printed in Britain. "On the photo page, there are 16 security codes," he said.
He said the distribution process was launched on August 18. Issuance of old passports to students has been stopped and they will also be given computerised passports in the future.
Musazai said the ministry planned to hasten issuing passports to ordinary people. The duration of computerised passports, valid for five years, will not be extended.
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