Issuance of computerized arms licenses begins

Karachi: Sindh Home Secretary Dr. Niaz Ali Abbasi has directed the officers concerned to ensure and expedite the printing process of computerization of arms license books, this he said while presiding over a meeting at his office.

It was informed that the printing of license books by NADRA office setup in the Sindh Home Department office has started printing of arms license books and so far 3539 books have been printed which are being dispatched by NADRA to Deputy Commissioners and the NADRA will also inform through SMS messages to applicants for collection of the same.

The division-wise breakup of the computerized arms license books so far printed is:- Karachi –1414; Hyderabad—1087; Mirpurkhas—286; Sukkur—261 and Larkana—491.

It was also informed that so far 1,057,456 manual arms licenses were issued in the province and the division wise details are:- Karachi—254,255; Hyderabad—376,401; Mirpurkhas—124,771; Sukkur—150,923 and Larkana—150,553.

The total number of forms submitted by manual arms license holders to Deputy Commissioners/NADRA for computerization are 424,430 and break up is Karachi—75,940; Hyderabad—153,537; Mirpurkhas—52,856; Sukkur—71,582 and Larkana—70,515.

It is mentioned here that the Sindh Government has initiated computerization/ revalidation of arms licenses in Sindh from 1st October, 2013 in pursuance of direction of Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Main objective of the exercise is to establish proper computerized database to deter illegal arms proliferation and monitor the arms stock in the province. In this regard, every possible step was taken to inform general public to get their licenses revalidated/computerized through NADRA desks available at all Deputy Commissioner offices since 1st October 2013. For twice revalidation period was extended firstly from 01.01.2014 to 15.02.2014 and secondly from 01.05.2014 to 31.10.2014.

According to the stepwise procedure for computerization of arm licenses, the forms were collected by Deputy Commissioners concerned and after verification these were forwarded for digitalization/ revalidation/ database entries to NADRA office at Islamabad.

The NADRA has setup its office adjacent to Sindh Home Department at Karachi for printing of computerized arms license books and from where, after printing of books, NADRA has to send the license books through courier service to Deputy Commissioners concerned and also inform the applicants (manual license holders) by SMS messages asking them to collect the books from Dy. Commissioners concerned.

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