PM launches Pak-ID app to facilitate CNIC applicants

Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday inaugurated Pak-ID Mobile app created by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to provide convenience, especially to the overseas Pakistanis.

In a tweet, the prime minister commended Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik and his team for this revolutionary step. The tweet further stated that the applicants by visiting can now capture fingerprints, photographs and documents using mobile phones.

According to a press release by NADRA, the mobile app is meant to facilitate citizens applying for the national identity card, using the Pak-ID portal.

The prime minister applauded Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik’s innovative idea of the mobile app which is a step towards implementing the PM’s vision of inclusive registration and a digital Pakistan, the press release added.  The statement further said that with the introduction of the NADRA Pak-ID app, Pakistan has become a trailblazer in the ID management industry.

The app captures biometrics — fingerprints, facial recognition — and scans documents needed for the processing of citizens’ ID cards and documents. The app will allow all citizens, including expats to digitally capture fingerprints, photographs and documents. The app is a step towards ending conventional modes of specialised equipment and physical papers for processing IDs.

“The innovation will revolutionise the National ID ecosystem in Pakistan by providing public convenience,” the NADRA chairman said.

Malik said that the digital dividends of such a technological innovation would yield positive results in financial inclusion, ease of doing business, and e-governance initiatives, by offering remote identification and e-Know Your Customer (KYC). He said that the app would open “new avenues for businesses” allowing them to rapidly take users on board and provide password-less authentication.

He further stated that small businesses, startups and fintech organisations will also be able to harvest their digital dividends as rent-seekers will be eliminated and the cost of conducting business will reduce. The offering of digital goods will stimulate young entrepreneurship and promote e-services, the statement said.

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