Arms License Deadline Extended
The Dawn: Dated 29 September, 2011

The deadline for issuance of computer-generated arms licenses has been extended till Oct 31 from Sep 30, a spokesman for the National and Registration Authority (NADRA) said here on Wednesday.

The decision has been taken in view of widespread rains and floods in Sindh and the dengue epidemic in Punjab.

NADRA has set up separate counters at 158 centres across the country to facilitate revalidation of arms licences issued by the interior ministry. In addition to issuing licences on pending applications, the government started conversion of manual to computerised permits last month in view of the worst law and order situation in Karachi and free use of weapons in the country to verify who had obtained the permits and for what purpose.

Media reports say a large number of illegal weapons and those being used on fake licences have spread, especially in Karachi.

The interior ministry campaign has the slogan of ‘submit old arms license and get a new one’.Codes are being allocated to every police station and their entry in the applications is mandatory so that it can be assured that police verification has been completed before issuing a computerised license.

“The exercise of revalidation and issuance of arms licenses will help the government to check illegal weapons update district-wise record of legal weapons to help the law-enforcement agencies in their efforts to curb crimes,” NADRA’s Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik said.

NADRA will only process the applications approved by the interior ministry.

Original computerised national identity cards (CNICs) and original licenses (along with photocopies) are required along with application forms available at NADRA centres and the interior ministry.

Renewal fees of Rs1,100 for weapons of prohibited bore and Rs600 for non-prohibited bore have been fixed. The original arms license booklet will be retained by NADRA and forwarded to the interior ministry for post verification.

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