LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday suspended the Interior Ministry’s notification revoking arms licenses for automatic weapons.
The LHC was hearing a petition filed by the citizens challenging the Interior Ministry’s decision to revoke the arms licenses across the country.
The court not only suspended the ministry’s notification for revoking automatic arms licenses but also issued notices to the federal government and other respondents in the case to submit their replies.
A notification of the ministry says all license holders, having licenses issued before January 1, 2011, should renew their licenses at the concerned NADRA [National Database and Registration Authority] registration centre immediately. The federal government has also decided to suspend all arms licenses of automatic weapons within prohibited bore category under the Pakistan Arms Ordinance.
It directed such license holders to convert their license into non-automatic, non-prohibited weapons category.