The Pakistani passports ( پاکستانی پاسپورٹ ) are issued to citizens of Pakistan for the purpose of international travel. The Directorate General of Immigration & Passports (DGIP)
of the Ministry of Interior is responsible for issuing and printing of passports.
In 1984, major changes were made to the Pakistani passport. Zia was still at the helm and had accelerated hisIslamization. The country's official name, though changed to Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1973, only appeared on the passports for the first time in 1984. The word 'Passport', in addition to English and Urdu, also appeared in Arabic. There were two reasons for this. Firstly, more and more Pakistanis were going to oil-rich Gulf countries for work. Secondly, Arab cultural and theological influence had been allowed by the regime to seep inside the country’s institutions. The contents of the new passport inside now had an additional section in which the holder had to declare their faith. Also, they had to sign a declaration that they were not members of the Ahmadiyya community in order to receive the passport. Though the community had been ousted from the fold of Islam by a National Assembly Bill in 1974, a new ordinance in 1984 introduced further restrictions on the community.
Pakistani passports have a deep green cover with golden colored content. Emblem of Pakistan is emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN (English)
are inscribed above the Emblem whereas اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان (Urdu). PASSPORT (English), پاسپورٹ
(Urdu) جواز اسفر (Arabic)
and are inscribed below the emblem. The standard passport contains 36 pages.
Before 2004, Pakistani passports had the bearers particulars written by hand, with the passport picture glued to the cover page. Photo page is laminated to prevent modification. The booklet if open from right to left.
The passports contain a note from the President of Pakistan addressing the authorities of all states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and requesting and requiring that the bearer be allowed to pass freely without any hindrance and be assisted and protected in any need. The note inside of Pakistani passports states:
|These are to request and require in the Name of the President of Pakistan all those to whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him/her every assistance and protection of which he/she may stand in need.