As reported in media, a lot of arms licences have been issued illegally in the past few months. Most alarmingly, these licenses were issued without any police verification or an official check on backgrounds of the applicants. I am sure these weapons are currently in use in various incidents of killings, dacoities, mobile-snatchings and other even more tragic happenings such as the Ashura blast and the subsequent blaze in Karachi. If the government and its law enforcement agencies cannot catch the culprits of Ashura blast and other such tragic incidents. I imagine it is because they did not check well enough before issuing these illegal licenses. They need to make a stronger law and a better policy for giving arms licences in future. -MUBASHIR MAHMOOD, Karachi, January 13.