Karachi:(Aftab Channa)  As many as 663 officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA’s) Immigration and Passport wing are without salaries since past two months, causing serious financial issues for the officials, Sindh Post has learnt.

According to sources, the FIA had appointed some 663 persons from Grade 1 to 19 for Machine Readable Passport for a one year contract in January 2016. And the contract was further extended for a period of six months I.e June 30, 2017, sources added.

After the expiry of the extended contract, the FIA authorities have neither extended the contract nor paid even a single penny for the months of July and August 2017. However, these 663 officials have been working on the same posts to facilitate those aspiring for the computerized passports, sources further said.

When contacted, Project Coordinator FIA Mazhar Watto told Sindh Post that these 663 officials would be paid with their salaries before Eidul Azha. “We have submitted a summary for regularisation of all these officials with the Ministry of Interior and they all would also be regularised”, Watto added.