Nisar says 70,000 arms licenses issued by PPP govt will be probed

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday said an inquiry was being initiated into issuance of 70,000 arms licences by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in last five years.

Replying to a question in the National Assembly, the interior minister said probe into the matter was necessary to deweaponise the country.

Answering another query during the question hour, he said that computerised arms licenses would be issued to only those, who would carry weapons of legal caliber.

Chaudhry Nisar regretted that due to the issuance of ‘illegal licenses,’ hundreds of innocent people had been killed in terrorist attacks.

He assured the house that terrorism and crime would rooted out from the society. A comprehensive policy will be devised to control weaponisation, show of weapons, their supply, and cancellation of unnecessary arms licenses, he added.

Afghan refugees

The interior minister also informed the lower house of parliament that ninety-eight thousand illegal foreigners mostly Afghan nationals are residing in the suburbs of the Islamabad Capital Territory.

He said the government has taken a number of steps to regularise their activities and for their repatriation, adding that district administration has been directed to approach the UNHCR for their repatriation.

Foreign agencies in Pakistan

He also informed the house that no foreign security company was allowed to operate in the country under the prescribed criteria for private security companies.

Chaudhry Nisar said that if any company was illegally operating in the country then strict action will be taken against those who issued visas in that regard.