Home Dept issues 1m arms licences in collaboration with NADRA

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LAHORE: With the computerization of the arms licenses in Punjab, the provincial Home Department has issued at least one million computerized arms licenses in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) during the last few years and collected Rs4.5 billion as the license fee, media learnt. According to media, the department has collected at least Rs one billion by issuing arms licences from June 2020 to June 2021. The Department has deposited an amount of Rs 4.5 billion in the national exchequer which was collected after the computerization of the licenses.

According to department officials, the government has decided to hand over the powers of issuance and renewal of arms licenses to the Deputy Commissioners instead of the Punjab Home Department. The decision was taken several months ago and the summary was sent to the Punjab Chief Minister for approval which was recently given by the provincial Cabinet in a meeting which discussed the issue in detail.

Sources said the powers to issue and renew arms licenses were delegated to the Deputy Commissioners in view of the hardships people were facing during visit to Home Department from far away. The Deputy Commissioners have been authorized to change the inheritance of arms licences, the bore of the weapons and the number of bullets allowed according to the requirements of the license holders.