ISLAMABAD - The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan yesterday rejected proposal for revalidating arms licences issued before 2002 which were burnt.

A joint secretary of Ministry of Interior in a meeting with concerned departments sought a ‘one-time’ special approval from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to revalidate arms licences issued by the federal government prior to 2002.

The minister told The Nation after the meeting that he had not given this approval till yet and it was just a proposal. The minister ordered to cancel all licenses which were not verified from Nadra by December 31, 2015. He directed to write letters to all 182,000 licence holders in this regard within 15 days.

"The ministry has no record of arms licence issued from 1947 (establishment of Pakistan) to 2002 as the record had been burnt to ashes," he told the meeting chaired by the minister.

The ministry has issued as many as 425,000 arms licences, prohibited and non-prohibited, since 1947 to July 30, 2013.

The incumbent government had banned issuance of all kinds of arms licences in July 2013. The senior officer told the meeting that out of 425,000 arms licence holders, 182,000 have not contacted Nadra for verification or revalidation of their licences. The meeting was informed that the ministry through Nadra had verified 72,414 computerised arms licences and 392,000 are yet to be verified. "Total 170,000 licence holders submitted their arms licences to Nadra, 78,000 of which are yet to be verified while 6,000 have turned out to be fake," the JS told the meeting.

The meeting agreed that the ministry would give a list of 20,000 verified arms licences to Nadra for issuance on a fast track.

Director General Immigration and Passports told the meeting that the Passport Office would install machine readable passport (MRP) facility at 84 foreign missions out of total 91 by the end of this year. Chairman Nadra Usman Yousaf Mubin briefed the minister about the launch of 13 executive passport centres in different cities of the country where passports and NICOP would be issued to applicants on a fast track. The meeting was told that the Sae City Project in Islamabad would be operational from October 24 this year on the eve of Youm-e-Ashur (Muharram 10). Member Nadra Shahid Hamid told participants that all cameras under the project would be installed till October 15.

The minister showed dissatisfaction on the proposal of e-filing of all offices of the ministry and directed his staff to arrange his meeting with secretary ministry of IT. He also showed his displeasure over the progress in fake CNICs by Nadra case.

The minister also directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to expedite investigations against officials of CDA and other government departments for their alleged role in the establishment of katchi abadis in Islamabad.

Director FIA Inam Ghani said that investigation had been started and the agency had identified 40 katchi abadis. The chair sought inquiry report within one month.