Document Security Training for front-line border management officials in Pakistan

Peshawar: ICMPD organised a training on document security for the 20 front-line officers of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan working at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. 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 individuals and take a decision during the first line document check for further investigation.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as of June 2019, Bacha Khan International Airport has served more than 190,000 domestic passengers and more than 1.2 million international passengers. There is also a considerable amount of cargo movement from this airport with more the 400 metric tons of domestic and more than 9000 metric tons of international cargo moving through this airport. These statistics make this airport one of the busiest in Pakistan.

This basic level training, the second in a series for international air Border Crossing Points across Pakistan, was delivered to 19 officers deployed at the first and second line of control over 4 days, from 28 September - 01 October 2020 at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. 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.

Two further basic level training workshops on document security are planned for officials working at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in 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).