Nadra starts revalidation of arms licences
Karachi: The National Database & Registration Authority (Nadra) has started the revalidation process of arms licences issued by the federal Ministry of Interior.
Nadra has state-of-the-art infrastructure of centers, comprising trained and qualified manpower, having the capability and capacity to develop and manage arms licence management system.
The process will provide transparency and authenticity of arms licences and proper data will be available with the federal Ministry of Interior, said Deputy Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik in a statement issued on Friday.
According to him, Nadra will process arms licences on behalf of the federal Ministry of Interior, however, the approval of each arms licence application is the sole discretion of interior ministry. Nadra will only process those applications which have the approval of interior ministry.
Original CNICs and original licences (along with photocopies) are pre-requisite for revalidation along with application form available at Nadra centers and interior ministry website. Nadra would verify the CNICs from its database to check the genuineness of an applicant while the applicant’s credentials would also be checked by different law enforcement agencies.
Card Renewal fee of Rs 1100 will be charged for prohibited bore licence and Rs 600 for non-prohibited bore license along with any payable in respect of government licence renewal fee.
The original booklet will be retained by Nadra and all original booklets will be forwarded by Nadra to the Ministry of Interior for post verification.
Nadra has designated 158 centers across the country where a separate counter in each designated centre has been established to receive the applications regarding the renewal of arms licences.
According to the breakup, 13 Nadra registration centers would be set up in regional head quarters Multan, 30 in provincial headquarters Quetta, 14 in Lahore, 10 in Sargodha, 32 in Peshawar, 24 in Islamabad, 11 in Hyderabad, 10 in Sukkur, 13 in Karachi and one centre at G-10, Islamabad.
The government has extended deadline from August 31, 2011 to September 30, 2011, and this deadline encompasses entire Pakistan for the renewal of arms licences specifically issued by the Ministry of Interior. However, this project does not cater to computerization of manual arms licences issued by the provincial governments.
Tariq Malik said that the whole exercise of revalidation and issuance of arms licences would help the government check illegal weapons in the country, besides the record of legal arms would be updated on district-wise level, which will prove helpful for the law enforcement agencies.
Source: The News