The Punjab government has ordered conversion of all arms licenses into computerised card version and has given up to March 31, as the deadline for this change. But the problem is that the DCO’s offices in far-flung districts like Muzaffargarh are referring all such cases to NADRA offices, for biometric verification of the licensees’ fingerprints and people coming from rural areas are getting knocked from pillar to post due to the NADRA offices already being overcrowded.

Even the cellular phone companies have arranged for their own biometric devices for verification of their customers, but no such arrangement has been made at the DCO offices. The Chief Minister of Punjab is requested to extend the deadline for arms license computerisation and order the DCO offices to procure their own biometric machines in order to save the licensees from undue harassment.


Muzaffargarh, March 21.