Islamabad (Agencies): The federal cabinet has approved lifting of a ban on the issuance of licences for non-prohibited bore weapons .

During a cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, approved a proposal for the regulation of licences for prohibited (automatic) weapons . According to the proposal, all automatic weapons shall be required to be converted to semi-automatic by authorised dealers within a specified time and the owners have to get new permits in lieu of the previously issued licences .

The arms holders will also have the option of submitting their automatic weapons to the government at prescribed rates, according to a press release.

The cabinet also approved the signing of an agreement for establishing a joint commission with the Czech Republic for economic cooperation.