No computerized arm license could still be issued

KARACHI: No computerized arm license could still be issued by Sindh home ministry in five months despite it launched a campaign to computerize manual arms licenses in the province in October 2013.

So far over 600,000 computerized arm license forms have been issued and in response, more than 200,000 such forms submitted to relevant deputy commissioner offices, but there is no progress in the process.

Mohammad Salman, who came to home department for inquiring about his computerized arm license, told PPI that he submitted his arm license documents for verification in November 2013 but despite lapse of three months, he could not receive his computerized arm license. “Whenever I inquired about my computerized license, the ministry officials told me to wait,” he said.

Salman said that he was not told that how long he had to wait and through which process he would have to pass to get his license.

According to sources in Sindh home department, no computerized license had been issued since the campaign began in the province in October 2013. They said that two new rooms had been constructed in the home ministry for NADRA officials where process of providing computerized arms license will begin.

“Until these rooms start operating, there is no chance that people would get their computerized licenses,” they said. The sources further said that there was also a problem regarding lamination link needed for the computerized licenses.”

When contacted, spokesman to Additional Home Secretary, Hassan Naqvi, told PPI that the computerized licenses would be issued after the deadline of February 15.

He said that there was a ban on issuing arms license and it would continue until all licenses in the province would be verified.

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