Arms Licences issuance policy changed by government

Arms Licences issuance policy changed by government

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Interior Ministry to work out a comprehensive policy on issuance of arms licenses so as to make the process more convenient and applicant friendly.

He issued the direction during a briefing on automatic arms licenses held under his chairmanship in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Interior to bring the issue of regulation of arms licenses for the automatic weapons before the next meeting of the Federal Cabinet.

The Prime Minister directed that the arms licenses should be linked with CNIC database of NADRA.

Secretary Interior briefed the Prime Minister about the overall situation regarding the number of arms licenses issued by the federal as well as the provincial governments.

The meeting was informed that 19,143 prohibited bore arms licenses were issued during the period 2010-2012. He said during the interim period of 2013, a total of 25,789 licenses were issued for the prohibited bore weapons.

The meeting was informed that a deadline of 30th December this year has been set for re-validation of all licenses after which all non-computerized licenses issued by the Interior Ministry are liable to be cancelled.