Pakistan to change the import policy for import of NPB arms

Pakistan to change the import policy for import of NPB arms

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce has proposed to make the condition of ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) mandatory for the import of Non Prohibited Bore (NPB) arms and ammunition.

According to sources, the MoC has proposed the federal cabinet to make amendment in the import policy of NPB arms and ammunition.

“After consulting concerned departments as well as provinces, the commerce ministry has proposed that the import of NPB arms and ammunition would be subject to NOC from the Ministry of Interior for licence holders belonging to Islamabad, whereas those belonging to other cities would have to receive NOC from their respective provincial home departments,” an insider informed.

In addition, import of arms and ammunition by individual and commercial dealers belonging to Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir would be subject to arm licence and NOC granted by the home department of governments of GB and AJ&K.

It may be noted that the Import Policy Order (IP0) 2020 had banned the import of certain arms and ammunition; however, import of some arms and ammunition was allowed subject to conditions listed in the 1P0 2020.