ISLAMABAD: The Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (SNICOP), that has over 30 built-in security features making it one of most secure identity documents across the globe, has been launched for the benefit of UAE-based Pakistanis.
The new card system was unveiled at the Consulate General of Pakistan by Consul-General of Pakistan in the UAE, Javed Jalil Khattak, in Dubai and will benefit overseas Pakistanis in a number of ways.
Khattak said, “The move is part of the commitment of Pakistani missions in the UAE to extend public services, no matter where they live in the UAE. It will eventually access driving license records, enable electronic voting, cash transfers and even frequent-flyer program and store discounts.”
“It is optional right now, but gradually it may phase out other cards when it becomes prominent in use,” Khattak said.
Based on processor-based chip technology, with a storage capacity of 72k, the 3rd Generation Pakistan Smart cards will have the most advanced printing features, with non-tamperable personalized Laser Engraved printing, and backed by a lot of additional services, The Gulf Today reported.
Personalized features ranging from laser engraving to chip encryption have been used to give higher comfort level to the holder of the card.
Press Counselor Muhammad Abdul Wahid Khan told the media that this advanced technology would facilitate Pakistanis in many ways, that includes accidental death insurance, targeted subsidy program, cash transfer facilities, frequent flying miles program, store chain discount program, Hajj and Umrah program and pension payment.
The facilities also include conditional cash transfers, welfare schemes, cash grants, electronic voting, driving license, arms license and live identification of captured data, besides other benefits. Importantly, this card cannot be altered, duplicated, forged or misused.