Issuance of diplomatic passports in Pakistan is the responsibility of the ministry of Foreign Affairs. Machine readable diplomatic passports are issued by the directorate general of immigration & passports headquarters in Islamabad, only based on authorization issued by the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Children under 15 years of the diplomatic passport authorized personalities can be included in their passports. If they require separate passports, they’ll be issued ordinary machine readable passport. The spouse of a diplomatic passport holder is entitled to a diplomatic passport. The spouse can hold separate diplomatic passport but only as long as his or her spouse retains the prescribed office. Spouse may also be given gratis ordinary passport when the diplomatic passport is surrendered.
The alien wife of a Pakistani diplomat should be accorded the same treatment as the alien wife of any other Pakistani. This means that if the nationality law does not allow her to secure a passport of the country to which she belonged, she should be allowed to obtain a diplomatic passport of restricted validity (not exceeding one year at a time) provided she gives a clear understanding that she will acquire Pakistan citizenship in Pakistan after obtaining a certificate of domicile and taking an oath of allegiance. If, however, she is able to secure a passport of her own country she shall retain that passport until she obtains a certificate of domicile under section 17 of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 which will entitle her to a Pakistani diplomatic passport.
Who Can Apply for a Diplomatic Passport in Pakistan
Grant of diplomatic passports in Pakistan is strictly confined to the following persons:
- The President of Pakistan
- The Prime Minister of Pakistan
- The Chairman of Senate
- The Speaker of the National Assembly
- The Chief Justice of Pakistan
- The Governors of Provinces
- The Chief Ministers of Provinces
- The Ministers (including Ministers of State of the Federal Government)
- The Attorney General of Pakistan
- Ex-Presidents and Ex-Prime Ministers.
- Spouse and Dependent children of Ex-Prime Ministers.
- Ex-Chairman of Senate
- Ex-Speaker of National Assembly
- Special Assistants to the Prime Ministers
- The Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- All functionaries of the Federal Government with the status of Minister or Minister of State
- Officers of grade 17 and above of Pakistan Foreign Service for the duration of their membership of the PFS Pakistan foreign service)
- All other Officers of grade 17 and above, including officers of Armed Forces having equivalent ranks sent abroad on diplomatic assignments and having diplomatic status for the duration of their posting or other short term assignments abroad
Pakistan nationals holding following offices in international organisations can also hold a diplomatic passport:
- President of the UN General Assembly
- President of the specialized agencies of the UN such as WHO, ILO, FAO, etc
- Executive heads of the Secretariat of such autonomous and subsidiary organisations of the General Assembly as have acquired eminence like WTO, UNIDO etc
- Directors representing Pakistan in the IBRD, IMF and the Asian Development Bank
- President & Vice Presidents of the World Bank and Managing Director & Directors of IMF.
- Officers holding the rank of Assistant Secretary General and above in the UN secretariat and its specialized agencies
- Secretary General of the ECO
- Secretary General of the OIC Secretariat
- Executive Director of the Islamic Development Bank
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chiefs of Army, Naval and Air Staff will hold diplomatic passports as long as they hold the offices mentioned above. If they cease to hold such offices they may be required to surrender within 30-days their diplomatic passports and of spouse(s), (if they hold such passports) and may be given gratis ordinary passports valid for five years (one term only). The surrendered passports will be cancelled by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, personally.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan can authorize issuance of diplomatic passports in special cases.
Application for Diplomatic Passport in Pakistan
All persons entitled to diplomatic passports will apply on Form A and also furnish three copies of their photographs. They are not, however, required to complete the subsidiary declaration. No authority other than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will, in any circumstances, issue authorization for diplomatic passports. The passports, which will be serial numbered in a separate series, will in all cases be signed by Director General, Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Issue & Renewal of Diplomatic Passport in Pakistan
Diplomatic passports will be granted gratis and they will be valid for a period of five years. Officers of grade 17 & above (PFS & diplomatic assignment officers) will, however, be granted diplomatic passports valid for three years which will be surrendered by them on relinquishing their posts in the first instance and be renewable, free of charge for a maximum period of another two years.
Their total validity may not exceed 5 years from the date of issue. They may be renewed and added to or altered if necessary by Pakistan Passport Issuing Authorities abroad under intimation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the holder continues to occupy the designated post for which he/she was granted the diplomatic passport. In case of doubt a reference must first be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Pakistan any authority other than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may not renew them.
In the case of loss or theft of diplomatic passport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be intimated immediately.