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Sar-i-Pul passport office lacks facilities amid rush





Sar-i-Pul passport office lacks facilities amid rush

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The number of people daily arriving at the Passport Office in northern Sar-i-Pul province to apply for passports has doubled lately, but the office cannot process even half of the applications, local people complain.

The applicants for passports increased after the Iranian Embassy recently started issuing visas without taking guarantee money, but insecurity, draught and joblessness are other reasons behind the increasing flight of youth from Sar-i-Pul province.

Sayed Murtaza, a resident of Balkhab district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that most of the passport applicants wanted to go to Iran for work because they were worried about increasing insecurity and draught.

He said taking a passport took up to one week but those having connections or pay money to a middleman could obtain the passport sooner.

Gul Mohammad, a resident of Sar-i-Pul city, Ali, a resident of Suzma Qala district, Hafizullah from Sancharak district and a number of others who had applied for passports expressed similar views.

Salahuddin Chariak, a provincial council member, also said insecurity, joblessness and draught were forcing the youth to apply for passports.

He said they had repeatedly shared the issue with relevant government officials for solution but no action could be taken.

Asadullha Habibi, provincial deputy police chief, said Iran exempted Afghans from 300 Euros traveling to the country since last one month.

“It is also a reason that applicants for passports increased but the passport office can process the applications of only 60 people a day due to lack of enough facilities and staff”, he said.

He said 120 people daily visited the Passport Office to apply for passports. Habibi rejected corruption and kickbacks in the Passport Office and said the officers there had been ordered to accelerate documents processing of the applicants.


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