ISLAMABAD - The much-talked deweaponisation campaign of the Ministry of Interior is likely to fail and end up in fiasco like its 'Anti-corruption Campaign, as it is being started without proper homework, a top-level officer of the ministry informed TheNation on the condition of anonymity. Some top-level officers of the Ministry of Interior requesting anonymity claimed that the deweaponisation campaign recently announced by Interior Minister Rehman Malik would meet the same end that anti-corruption campaign, started by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) last year, faced. FIA had initiated this campaign on the orders of Interior Minister Rehman Malik when Waseem Ahmed was its Director General but it proved to be futile without, as it could not produce any remarkable result. Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the first week of August, keeping in view the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, in general, and in Karachi, in particular, had announced to deweaponise the country in two phases. National Database & Registration Authority (Nadra) was given the task to revalidate all old arms licenses in the first phase while a crackdown would be launched against the illegal arms license holders in the second phase. The ministry has also announced that all the arms licenses not revalidated by Nadra till the deadline - September 30 - would stand cancelled. Background interviews with the officials of the Ministry of Interior revealed that Nadra would only start revalidation of arms licenses issued by the Ministry of Interior from August 29 and the revalidation of arms licenses issued by the provinces did not cover the deadline. TheNation has learnt reliably that even the Interior Minister discussed the issue with the home secretaries of all the provinces in a meeting on August 16 held in the ministry but the provinces had not been fully taken on board. An official of the ministry on the condition of anonymity said that NADRA authorities were discussing the issue with the provincial authorities on behalf of the ministry and up till now Punjab and Sindh had been taken on board. He further said that the minister had assigned the task to the NADRA in haste and the authority would be not able to start the revalidation of arms licenses issued by the provinces till September 15. Nadra authorities have yet still to talk with the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to start the process, he added. He explained that either the ministry had to extend the deadline or it would have to give a new deadline for the revalidation of arms licenses issued by the provinces and ultimately, the entire exercise will take a long time. In the revalidation process, Nadra would retain the old arms licenses with it and issue specially designed smart card in the form of arms license to the arm holder. During the process, Nadra will first issue the smart card and then will do the post-verification of all these licenses either issued by the Ministry of Interior or the concerned province and the post verification would remain a question mark on the whole revalidation process, a high level officer of the ministry informed while putting a question mark on his own sentence. He was of the view that when Nadra would issue a smart card to any old arms license holder, then in the post-verification process it found bogus, then there was no procedure to retain the new smart card arm license. Furthermore, those arms licenses issued from the offices of Deputy Commissioners or District Coordination Officers of the concerned districts of any province will take a long time for post-verification, he added. Nadra officials also confirmed that the authority would do post-verification of all revalidated arms licenses after issuing smart cards to the license holders. Before issuing the smart cards, the authority will only verify the Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) of the arms license holders and their data present in the database of Nadra.