ISLAMABAD – National Database and Registration Authority issues computerized arm license after approval of applicants from Ministry of Interior, Chairman NADRA, Ali Arshad Hakeem stated this while briefing Senate Standing Committee on Interior about arms license project at Arms License Issuance Site of NADRA's Regional HQ, Islamabad.
Senator Talha Mahmood along with other committee members and NADRA officials were also present on the occasion.
Chairman NADRA said that Ministry of Interior (MOI), Government of Pakistan has introduced a secure Computerized Arms License Management System as replacement of the existing system.
He said security is the essence of the reliability of any particular identity document. The current situation in the country demands that a document as sensitive as the Arms license be developed in a highly secure platform. In continuation of the background security checks employed in this new system, physical security features are added to strength the reliability factor. The design of the software application of ALP is based on explicit and emphasized consideration to security, transparency, flexibility, scalability, and efficiency.
He said MOI has instructed NADRA to develop and deliver a state of the art Arms license system. The core deliverable of the system is a card, which would entitle the holder of the license to possess an authorized weapon.
He told the Senate Committee that the card is printed on a chemical substrate which is the same as used in the production and preparation of the current Computerized Pakistan National ID Card.
He said weapons for which licenses are permissible have been categorized as Non Prohibited Bore (NPB) & Prohibited Bore (PB) for which computerized arms license will be issued within 15 days of receiving the demand note from the applicant while computerized Arms License will be valid for a period of 5-Years.
The demand note, a secured paper with multiple security features, he added is being issued to the applicant 4 days after receiving the duly filled application after which verification of his/her CINC and other quality control checks would be undertaken.
He said the process would be systematic and transparent including approval of Ministry of Interior, a Secured Weapon Procurement Authorization (Demand note) is generated with an encrypted barcode.– Agencies