Thousands of forged arms licences cancelled
ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has cancelled thousands of prohibited bore arms licences fraudulently issued in violation of the rules, and ordered the arrest of officials involved in the scam. Fake bank receipts, forged signatures and fictitious stamps had been used by several middle-ranking and junior officers of the interior ministry to issue the licences.
Sources told DawnNews that the orders were passed by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in line with directions of the Supreme Court at a meeting chaired by him here on Saturday.
The Federal Investigation Agency had unearthed a scandal involving issuance of licences of prohibited bore weapons, including machine guns.
Fake bank receipts, forged signatures and fictitious stamps had been used by several middle-ranking and junior officers of the interior ministry to issue the licences.
The FIA found three section officers — Ali Abdullah Khalid, Dr Akhtar Ali Hakro and Malik Iftikhar — to be involved in issuing over 28,527 licences for weapons of prohibited bore from March 28, 2008, to June 26, 2009, 6,000 of which had been approved by Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi.
In a major breach of the official procedure, a server provided by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to check the identity of applicants was replaced by one sent by a private vendor, the investigators said.