Islamabad, May 12, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said arms licences that have not been reviewed by his ministry by the end of the year will expire on January 1, 2016, and that new licences will not be issued to persons less than 25 years old.
Addressing a press conference here, Ch Nisar announced measures his ministry would take measures to ensure a secure environment for Pakistani citizens, which included reviewing all arms licences issued since 1970.
Ch Nisar said ever since he took charge of the ministry, he had imposed a ban on issuing new arms licences. “The issuance of licences for weapons needs to be standardised and rules need to be in place so that the practice of issuing licences for patronage is eliminated,” he said.
Talking about arms licenses, he said that the government has imposed a ban on the new licenses but unfortunately three provinces Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan have lifted the ban. He said efforts are underway to take these provinces into confidence for imposing ban on the licenses.
He further said that in future prohibited bore licences will be issued to only those persons who have number one security threat. He said licences will also not be issued to those below 25 years of age and that non tax-payers will also be not issued licenses.
Ch Nisar added that during the revalidation of arms licences about 4500 licences were found fake. He said the revalidation date for the licenses will be December 31 this year. “We want to put in place a system with the help of the National Database and Regulatory Authority to verify all issued licences and ensure that new licences are not issued without establishing need,” said Nisar.
For more information, contact:
PRO to Minister
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
Room No. 409, 4th Floor, R-Block,
Islamabad, Capital Territory, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9224938 (Additional Secretary)
Tel: +92-51-9207467, +92-51-9207544