Pakistani passports are issued to the citizens of Pakistan for the purpose of international travel. Directorate General of Immigration & Passports of Ministry of Interior is responsible for issuing passports. Pakistan's machine-readable and biometric passports are currently being issued from regional passport offices and Pakistani embassies.
In 2004, Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to issue the biometric passports, which are, according to the publisher, compliant with ICAO standards and dubbed Multi-biometric e-Passports. They do not carry the "chip inside" symbol (), which is mandatory for ICAO-standard electronic passports. More than 7 million passports have been issued until now.[when?] The passports are printed by the governmental agency NADRA. Before 1 November 2012, the passport was valid for five years but after that all new passports are issued with 10 years of validity but after new government now issued with 5 years validity.
A Pakistani passport is not valid for travel to Israel
Pakistan forbids its citizens from going to Israel by putting the legend 'This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel' on Pakistani passports.
The passports are printed by the governmental agency DGI&P.
The Passport Act, 1974 and Passport and Visa Manual 1974 regulate the issuance of passports. There are three types of passports being issued in Pakistan:-
Hajj Passport (No longer issued, now ordinary passports are used for Hajj pilgrimage).
Diplomatic passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomats and other entitled categories.Official passports are issued to Senators, Members of the National Assembly, provincial ministers, judges of the supreme/high courts, officers serving with the governments when abroad on official assignments etc.
A special Hajj passport was issued to those making a hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They are however no longer issued, as ordinary passports may be utilised for the Hajj pilgrimage.