Pakistan: Document Security Training delivered to front-line border management officials

Islamabad: ICMPD organised training on document security for the 20 front-line officers of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan working at Islamabad International Airport. The fraudulent use of identity and travel documents represents a threat to the security of countries and their citizens, the economy, and global commerce, as it facilitates a wide range of cross border crimes and terrorism. Funded by the European Union, the training was organised to strengthen the capacity of the participating officers to detect forged documents, profile counterparts and take a decision during the 1st line document check for further investigation.

This basic level training, the first in a series targeting international air Border Crossing Points across Pakistan, was delivered to 16 officers deployed at the 1st and 2nd line of control over 4 days, from 14 - 17 September 2020 at Islamabad International Airport. Key theoretical topics covered included Basic Document Awareness, Substrates, Printing Techniques, Additional Security Features, Technical and Tactical Profiling, Impostor and Morphing Detection, including several case studies based on international practices in this area.

Three further basic level training workshops on document security are planned for officials working at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar and Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in September and October 2020, with two additional advanced level training events planned for the highest scoring officers to take place in November and December.

The aim of this training is to enhance operational capacities of border management agencies in Pakistan, as part of ICMPD’s support to the country to improve capacity to effectively and efficiently manage national borders under the European Union funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes project (IBM Silk Routes).