The federal government has taken an important step to stop issuance of illegal passports and theft of sensitive data.

According to the sources, reported by Geo News, PECA law has been implemented to permanently block access to Pakistani passports for foreigners including Afghans.

The Federal Cabinet has implemented the Anti-Electronic Crimes Act on six sections of passport offices.

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Sources elaborated that entry into important offices in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi has been made inaccessible except for certain officers and employees with security clearance — all to prevent data theft of sensitive information, passports, visas, theft of citizenship and applicant data.

Approval has been taken from the caretaker federal Cabinet through a circular on the summary of the Ministry of Interior.