ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday directed the Ministry of Interior to bring the issue of regulation of arms licences for the automatic weapons before the next meeting of the federal cabinet.

The decision was taken during a briefing held at the Prime Minister Office on automatic arms licences with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair. 

Secretary Interior briefed the Prime Minister about the overall situation regarding the number of arms licences issued by the federal as well as the provincial governments. He also briefed the meeting on policy framework governing the issuance of arms licences. 

The meeting was informed that 19143 prohibited bore arms licences were issued during the period 2010-2012. During the interim period of 2013, a total of 25789 licences were issued for the prohibited bore weapons. It was informed that only 410 PB arms licences have been issued so far during the tenure of the present government. Out of these 410 licences, 400 were issued to WAPDA while only 10 licences were issued to the individuals.

The meeting was informed that a deadline of 30 Dec 2017 has been set for re-validation of all licences after which all non-computerised licences issued by the Interior Ministry are liable to be cancelled. 

The Prime Minister directed the Interior Ministry to work out a comprehensive policy on issuance of arms licences so as to make the process more convenient and applicant friendly.

The Prime Minister directed that the arms licences should be linked with CNIC database of NADRA.

Meanwhile Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at PM Office Tuesday.

Overall situation in the province with special reference to ongoing development projects was discussed during the meeting.