Arms licensing system to be computerised: Malik

The government in a bid to eradicate terrorism and crimes from the country has decided to make the data of all arms licenses including 10 years old weapons’ licenses computerised.

“The Government is taking serious measures to abolish the trend of bearing illegal weapons and the decision of computerisation of arms licenses is one of them,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik quoted as saying on Thursday.

After inaugurating the first Computerised Arms Licensing Center (CALC) here he said the task of computerisation of arms licenses has been given to NADRA.

The Minister said the present arms license system has many loopholes and one cannot identify either the license holder is a real person or a fake one.

He said the previous registration system is outdated whereas lapses could be avoided in new licensing system.

The CALC was opened under pilot project and arms licenses would be issued to people recommended by Parliamentarians, he said.

Malik added that a principal was set under which Prime Minister would recommend the issuance of prohibited bore licenses, while Interior Ministry would grant permission for non-prohibited bore licenses.

After clearance a demand note would be issued to applicant for purchase of required weapon, which will be registered and then a computerised license card would be issued.

In first phase the licenses would be issued on recommendations made by Parliamentarians and they would also be made accountable, he said adding that the parliamentarians’ digital signatures would be taken to avoid any misuse of the facility.

The Minister said that the system developed for arms licenses would be audit traced and many security features were added in it to help the Government and law enforcement agencies to keep a check on illegal arms and also chase the person having arms license when deems necessary.

The database of the NADRA will not allow any cheating in obtaining the arms licenses, he said adding that the computerisation of arms licenses would also help in keeping a check on arms movement.

NADRA has processed 7,100 pending applications for arms licenses and about 4,100 arms licenses of both prohibited and non-prohibited bores are ready to deliver, he said.

Under new rules, he said a restriction would be made on possession of bullets and cartridges and no one could carry more than 500 bullets or cartridges along with arms.

He further said that one each similar CALC would be opened at each provincial headquarters of NADRA to facilitate the people.

Malik said that the government is gradually moving towards e- governance and very shortly computerised visa issuance centers and DNA laboratories would also be setup.