ISLAMABAD – National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has so far processed 109,863 applications under a campaign launched to revalidate or computerise arms licences issued by Ministry of Interior.

Out of total processed applications for revalidation, 48,865 were of Prohibited Bore (PB) and 60,998 of Non-Prohibited Bore (NPB), an official source said on Thursday. The Authority after meeting required procedure has also produced 14,874 arms licenses since launch of process on August 29, 2011 as January 31, 2012 has been fixed as deadline to receive applications to make the licence computerised.

However, this project did not cater for the computerisation of manual licenses issued by the provincial governments, the official added. He said due to intensive activity on Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) project, all projects have been halted till completion of Preliminary Electoral Rolls. However, token issuance at Centres is in progress. The official said the Authority is issuing a new card with new weapon details.

He said NADRA has state-of-the-art infrastructure of Centers, comprising trained and qualified manpower with the capability and capacity to develop and manage Arms License Management System.  The process is aimed at providing transparency and authenticity of arms license and checking illegal weapons. Proper data will be available with the Ministry of Interior after computerisation.

The official said NADRA is processing Arms Licenses on behalf of Ministry of Interior, however the approval of each Arms License application is the sole discretion of the Ministry.

Nadra is only processing those applications which have the approval of Ministry of Interior. The official said original Computerized National Identity Cards and original licences (alongwith photocopies) are prerequisite for revalidation alongwith application forms available at NADRA Centers and Ministry’s website.

 He said 164 designated centres across the country were busy to achieving the task as separate counters have been set-up in designated centres to receive applications for computerisation of arms licenses.

He said 62 Centres have been established in Punjab, 35 in Sindh, 33 in Balochistan, 32 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two such Centres were established in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

About revalidation fee for computerized arm license, the official said it is Rs.1100 (Rs. 100 for government and Rs. 1,000 as NADRA fee) for Prohibited Bore and Rs. 600 (Rs. 100 for government and Rs. 500 for NADRA) for Non-Prohibited Bore license which is being charged along with any payable due fee in respect of government license renewal charges.

Giving further details, he said the original arms license booklet, retained by NADRA, is forwarded to interior ministry for post verification. For change of weapon number, make, calibre and model etc, the applicant has to approach Ministry of Interior for necessary approval.

As per information, the provinces are also planning to launch the process for computerising the arm licenses to curb the incidents of lawlessness.