More than 8.2 million Pakistanis abroad who hold the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) have registered with the National Database and Registration Authority of Pakistan (NADRA) as new features are rolled out, while pensioners will now have to prove they are still alive every six months with a biometric check at a bank branch.
The software enables capture biometric fingerprints, facial recognition, and scan documents needed for processing a person’s ID card using cellphones, without having to visit a Nadra office or embassy.
The system is designed to register anyone under 17 for a digital identity, but with a particular focus on children below 5 years old. Providing them with identity eases their access to education, healthcare, and basic human rights protections, according to the report.
The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Code for Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve e-governance so that the citizens of Punjab have better access to essential social services.