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Interior Ministry issues armed licenses of prohibited, non-prohibited weapons to more than 150 influential.

ISLAMABAD , July 12, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Ministry of Interior has issued armed licenses of the prohibited and non-prohibited weapons to more than 150 influential including Senior Judge of Supreme Court, Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza and owner of Islamabad Club amid ban on issuance of armed licenses.While on the other hand Federal Investigation Agency has identified several financial irregularities committed in the department of armed licenses of Ministry of Interior. According to official documents received to Online, Ministry of Interior on receiving complaints had ordered FIA for enquiry on 26th January 2009 against its own department of armed licenses.FIA scrutinized the record and amount collected in the head of issuance of licenses during the 2007-08. After recording the statement of the concerned officials, FIA has sent a report to the government.It is said in the report that armed licenses department had issued 32148 smart cards on 44578 applications received for armed licenses. While 29540 applicants have been issued smart cards out of 32148.It is further said in the enquiry report that armed licenses department has not prepared properly while SERVER installed by National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has been replaced by the SERVER of a private Company. It is said that issuance of smart card has also been made through private companies. It is also disclosed in the report that three officials of the department (Ali Abdullah Khalid, Dr. Akhtar Ali Hakar and Malik Iftikhar) had issued 150 licenses on fake Bank Challan. The total cost of these 150 fake challan has been estimated Rs.0.8 million. During the further investigation, fake signature and stamp of Dr. Akhtar Ali Hakar has been exposed in 279 cases of issuance of licenses. FIA investigation team also revealed that some of the pages from armed registration Register No. 50 had been omitted deliberately.Sources in the Ministry of Interior told that two sector officers have been arrested on the charges of the financial embezzlement in the issuance of licenses. Ministry of Interior has adopted fresh strategy by replacing all the officers of department and order new administration is submitting bank challan after complete inquiry, besides that licenses department has issued 7000 licenses out of 20,000 pending licenses.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 12, 2009
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