Arms licences issuance ban, government unveils important instructions

Arms licences issuance ban, government unveils important instructions

KARACHI - Over the sensitive issue of Arms licences issuance ban, Sindh government unveils important instructions.

The Sindh government on Friday lifted the ban imposed on arms licences across the province.

According to a notification issued by the home ministry, non-prohibited bore computerized licences will be issued after completion of all formalities.

The arms licences will be issued under Sindh Arms Licences Act, the notification said and added that a certain number of licences will be issued as per quota every month.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Sindh government, in the wake of then law and order situation in the province, particularly in Karachi had imposed ban on issuing of new arms licenses in September 2013.

In January 2019, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had directed the provincial government to devise policy for issuance of prohibited and non-prohibited arms licences.

Hearing a petition, the court had said federal government’s ban on automatic arms licences was no more effective. The Sindh government had authority to allow extension in licence period or order its issuance.