The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has taken a stance on the issue of “IRREGULARITIES IN ISSUANCE OF LICENCES OF PROHIBITED BORE”. They have identified a common practice among prohibited bore weapon dealers, in which they bypass the import process, register weapons with them, and issue fake receipts without actually importing the specified weapons or genuinely selling/transferring them to the recipient.
In response to this, the MoI has decided that, henceforth, only weapons from the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) in Wah will be eligible for licensing by NADRA. However, this has created a new challenge, as POF does not directly sell PB weapons to civilians.
The MoI has also acknowledged that the sudden shift in policy has had substantial consequences for arms dealers and licensees. However, they believe that allowing the import of weapons by prohibited bore dealers is the only way forward in the current context.
In a new letter dated November 24, 2023, the MoI stated that they would allow NADRA to continue processing approved arms licenses until the deadline of December 31, 2023. However, the issue of obtaining weapons after receiving the demand note from NADRA for PB weapons remains uncertain.