Passport Directorate resumes operations after months

KABUL (SW) – A number of citizens who had gathered near the entrance of the General Directorate of Passports on Thursday said that they have been waiting for months to get their passports.

Meanwhile, Yema Rahmani, one of the employees of the General Department of Passports of the Ministry of Interior, has said that this department has started distributing passports to Kabul residents today with 130 employees.

“Today, 3,000 applicants came and only had an online form/sheet, and the others had approximately 400 to 500 petition forms that have written. In the central data department, there are 63 men and 67 women working .”

On the other hand, Noorullah Patman, the spokesperson of the General Department of Passports of the Ministry of Interior, told Salam Watandar: “Today, the process of distributing passports throughout the country started through the online form. Citizens can take turns to come to the passport office and carry out their work. We process approximately 10,000 applications every day. Those who are urgent patients or students or national players are our priority and we will carry out ttheir applications immediately”.

However, citizens ccomplained bout the misbehavior of the employees of the general passport office and the existence of commission agents in this office.

Qamar Gul, who was holding the doctor’s examination sheet, ccomplained bout the misbehavior of the employees of the passport department. “They do not pay any attention to the patients and do not give them passports. We have been waiting for one and a half months”.

Similarly, Nazifa, another resident of Kabul, who was standing in line waiting for her turn to enter the General Directorate of Passports, said: “The problem is that they don’t allow people and they have closed the road. We all came in this harsh winter, but they keep delaying. They beat women. Every day we come at 9:00 and return at 4:00. They process the commission agents’ work. Those who are mediators or have orders from the Ministry of Interior, they will be given passports sooner, and those who only have petitions, they will not be allowed in easily.”

It had been nearly five months since the process of passport distribution in Kabul and other provinces was stopped as the officials of the General Directorate of Passports had cited technical problems as the cause.