KARACHI - Sindh government has imposed ban on the issuance of arms licenses with immediate effect till further decision.
The ban has been imposed, after the directives of Supreme Court, in order to recover illegal arms to improve law and order situation of the City. It was decided in a high level meeting held on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Ejaz Chaudhry.
It was also decided that a campaign will also be launched to free Karachi from the menace of illegal arms and weapons. It would generally be publicised through Press that people having illegal weapons should surrender to the offices of Deputy Commissioners and police stations within 15 days from September 27 to October 11. After October 11, the proceeding would be strengthened and violators would be punished with life imprisonment or forfeiture of moveable and immoveable properties.
Chaudhry categorically noted that a transparent system for issuance of arms licenses shall be undertaken in near future, and the responsibility of any irregularity, if appeared and proved by the intelligence report, shall be leveled on the authorised officers of the district administration. The DCs have been assigned the task to maintain the record of the sale of arms and weapons by the Arms Dealers, for a period of recent five years and submit it to the Commissioner Karachi. Later, the commissioner would submit those reports onward to Sindh chief secretary.
Nadra DG Brigadier Zahid briefed that Nadra has commenced “Revalidation and computerisation of Arms License Sindh Project,” to check and identify fake and bogus arms licenses to help the Sindh govt in monitoring and controlling the arms licenses. He further informed that Nadra is also taking efforts for registration of jail inmates. In first phase, Karachi Central Jail is being examined in order to confirm the originality of the prisoners.