The Centre on Wednesday said it has declared the passports of 23 Indians as "lost" after learning that the documents were misplaced by the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi.
"The Ministry of External Affairs has received information that a total 23 passports have been misplaced by the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi. To prevent misuse of these passports, all the passports have been declared as 'lost' in the passport database," Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Lok Sabha.
Ms Swaraj said that she has directed concerned authorities to be cautious while processing applications of the affected persons for re-issuance of their passports.
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