Pakistan federal cabinet has lifted the ban on non-prohibited weapons license issuance.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presided a meeting to discuss the issuance of a license on non-prohibited weapons. A proposal was approved to regulate the licenses for prohibited weapons. As per the proposal, the automatic weapon owners will have to convert it to semi-automatic by the legal dealers. This has to be done within a certain time frame. Also, owners will then have to get new permits instead of using the old issued license.
Moreover, there will be an option given to arm holders to submit their automatic weapons to the government at set rates. They can submit the weapons to the deputy commissioner, district magistrate, the political agent or the district coordination officer and receive Rs 50,000 in return.
Along with this, the cabinet decided to fill vacant positions in PEMRA in the Council of Complaints department. The vacancies will be filled for Sindh, Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa areas. Moreover, the Prime Minister discussed many power projects that are in the final implementation stage. Once operational these projects will enhance the generation capacity. An agreement for developing a joint commission with the Czech Republic was approved by the cabinet. The aim of the joint commission is to boost Pakistan’s economic cooperation. Also, it was approved to set up a bench of the Customs Appellate Tribunal in Quetta. The cabinet prayed for the martyrs of the bomb attack in North Waziristan that occurred on Tuesday.
Now lifting the ban on weapons is a debatable topic. But this much needs to be understood that a tool can protect you and the same tool can harm others. It’s how you use it that is important.