STAFF REPORT IBD: The National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) has started issuing Smart Cards, the most secure national identity card of the world, containing 36 security features.

“he first Smart Card has been issued on the name of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari,” sources said adding that Director General (DG), Nadra, has recently presented the first card to the President in President House.

The Smart Card is a 3rd Generation Chip-based identity document that is built according to the international standards and requirements. The card has over 36 physical security features and uses latest encryption codes making it the safest card in the world.

Nadra plans to open its public facilitation centres in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Glasgow and later will expand into the rest of Europe. These offices will operate as extended counsellor sections and approval for them has already been granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Smart NICOP will provide 2.5 million overseas Pakistanis in Europe with priority travel, banking facilities and increased security as well as the existing visa-free entry to Pakistan.

The card is programmed with a match-on-card applet, which first confirms the biometrics of the user and then grants access to it. The card is printed on multiple layers of polycarbonate material, each layer containing its own security features.

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