Arms licences probe faces stumbling block

January 08, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: A probe into legality of arms licences issued so far by the federal and provincial governments in Pakistan faces a stumbling block as no record is available about licences issued before 2002 that is believed to have been spoiled in a massive fire incident which took place at Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat in December 2011, sources said here yesterday.

The probe into issuance of arms licences was initiated on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Now the concerned officials decided to approach deputy commissioners and administration of state-run National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to verify legality of arms licences reviewing booklets issued before 2002.

Interior Ministry had directed the concerned officials that whoever approached them for extension of arms licence issued before 2002, they should approach NBP to verify its authenticity. 

They also claimed that a number of former elected members managed to obtain arms licences for their personal guards who had strong links with banned outfits during the former Pakistan People’s Party’s government in which a total of 119,667 licences for non-prohibited weapons were astonishingly issued mainly in violation of rules and procedures.