According to the document submitted in the provincial assembly, Bannu with 66,000 and Peshawar 11,642 leading the race, these licences of non-prohibited bore arms issued since May 2013.
Kohat 8,009, Mardan 7,721 and Chitral with 213 are also part of the list.
The statistics show 6,452 licences of non-prohibited bore weapons have been issued in Swat since May 2013, 5,705 in Swabi, 5,584 in Karak, 5,380 in Lower Dir, 5,285 in Charsadda, 4,566 in Mansehra, 4,221 in Haripur, 3,679 in Lakki Marwat, 3,471 in Abbottabad, 3,218 in Malakand, 2,902 in Shangla, 2,883 in Buner, 2,836 in Dera Ismail Khan, 2,429 in Nowshera, 1,763 in Hangu, 1,541 in Batagram, 1,263 in Torghar, 1,103 in Kohistan and 970 in Upper Dir.
Bannu deputy commissioner Mohammad Ayaz Khan quoted by the local English daily Dawn as he said the issuance of 66,000 licences in the district during the last two years was astonishing.
“I doubt this figure. Let me check it because I don’t believe that licences would have been issued in such a large number,” he said.
The deputy commissioner said he’d banned the issuance of licences of non-prohibited bore arms many times since assuming the current office around two years ago as he lifted the ban at the repeated requests of licence seekers.
Meanwhile, sources in the Bannu district administration claimed around 10,000 applications for licences of non-prohibited bore arms were still pending with the relevant branch of the administration for approval.
They said the district administration requested the home department twice or thrice a year to let it issue more such licences whenever applications for them piled up.
The sources said after the approval of the home department, the deputy commissioner’s office issued arms licences.
Sources in the home department said every district, divisional headquarters and provincial capital had separate annual quota of non-prohibited bore arm licences.
They said the administration of Peshawar district could give out 9,600 such licences every year, divisional headquarters 3,600 and a district 2,400.
However, the documents submitted to the assembly revealed that Mardan, Kohat, Charsadda, Lower Dir, Bannu, Swabi and Karak districts had exceeded their respective licence quota.
According to them, Bannu district tops the list of districts violating such quota by issuing 58,800 more licences that the permissible ones during the last around two years.
It is followed by Swabi district with 905 such licences, Kohat 809, Karak 784, Lower Dir 580, Mardan 521 and Charsadda 485.
It’s worth mentioning here that many districts of KPK including adjacent Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) have strong tradition of possessing and carrying different type of arms, even people hold more than one weapon in a household.
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