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Massive Fee Hike for Fast-Track Passports Announced by Government

Fast-Track Passports

The Pakistani government has announced a substantial hike in fees for fast-track passport applications, set to take effect from May 8.

Under the new fee structure, the cost of a 72-page passport will surge to Rs18,500, while a 100-page passport will see an increase to Rs23,000.

Moreover, machine-readable passports with a 10-year validity period will incur the following fees: Rs16,200 for 36 pages, Rs25,200 for 72 pages, and Rs32,000 for 100 pages.

This latest escalation in fees follows a prior increase for both ordinary and urgent passport applications.

Government officials cite the necessity of these hikes to offset the expenses associated with issuing new passports and to enhance the quality of passport services.

The decision to raise fees for passports is likely to have significant implications for Pakistani citizens, particularly those who rely on fast-track services due to urgent travel needs.

The increased financial burden may pose challenges for individuals and families, especially amidst the ongoing economic strains exacerbated by the global pandemic.

While the government emphasizes its commitment to improving passport services, concerns may arise regarding the accessibility of these services to all segments of society, particularly those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Furthermore, the timing of the fee hike amid the prevailing economic uncertainties raises questions about its impact on citizens already grappling with inflation and reduced purchasing power.

As the new fee structure takes effect, it remains to be seen how Pakistani citizens will navigate these changes and whether the promised improvements in service quality will materialize.

In the meantime, stakeholders may advocate for transparency and accountability in the management of passport services to ensure that citizens receive value for the increased fees they are required to pay.

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