Pakistan has suspended licences for all automatic weapons as part of a commitment by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to ban deadly firearms in the country.
Prime Minister Abbasi in his inaugural speech in Parliament after assuming office in August had promised that he would outlaw all deadly weapons. An official of interior ministry said the government has suspended all automatic weapons.
It also asked owners of automatic weapons to swap the current weapons with semi-automatic ones or surrender them for 50,000 rupees. The official said that government has set January 15, 2018 as deadline to surrender the weapons.