Recently, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had applied Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) at Khokarapar Border, which is the first rail link to have such a system implemented. According to NADRA officials, the IBMS has been made keeping in view the immigration laws of Pakistan. With the implementation of such a monitoring system, illegal entries from the border can be prevented. Other criminal activities like counterfeit documents, human trafficking, and other travelling frauds can be stopped.
IBMS is equipped with such technologies as advance fingerprinting matching, specialized handling for different kinds of travelers. Now with IBMS in place, all kinds of passengers’ entries and exists can be managed. So far, 800 passengers have been processed through the system, according to the NADRA officials. Now, NADRA will work with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to replace the current PISCES system from all entry and exist points in Pakistan, which include airports, railway stations and other land routes.
IBMS system has already been placed at major airports around the country, including in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta. At Torkham, which is the land route to Afghanistan, IBMS has also been placed. Already facing a tough challenge of terrorists infiltrating into Pakistan from across its borders, especially in the Northern Areas, it is necessary that the implementation of IBMS be speeded up.
Khokarapar is one of the border points with India. Pakistan faces a lot of issues of illegal immigrants getting in and out of the different points across the long border, which is also not fenced at all points. With the introduction of such a technology, both India and Pakistan will be able to look at the illegal immigrants issue with some progress. The extent of success can be measured after some time.