The federal government has decided to abolish the condition of having a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) for expatriates living abroad, who wish to travel to Pakistan.
Now, overseas Pakistanis will not require any such document to travel to Pakistan without a visa.
The decision was made following the recommendation of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari.
The spokesperson of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself has approved the decision.
The PM also said that the government will soon introduce a special incentives package to encourage expatriates to transfer remittances through proper banking channels.
He directed the Finance Ministry, the State Bank of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to formulate a workable plan that ensures the removal of any hurdle in the remittance transfer mechanism via e-solutions.
National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)
NICOP is a registration document that is issued to an eligible Pakistani who lives abroad or has a reference there. Notably, any citizen can apply for the document so that they can travel to Pakistan without a visa, in case they hold dual nationality.
Pakistani expatriates have long complained about the requirement of a NICOP many times, saying that it has been creating many problems for them.