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Pakistan. 2016 ‘Relevant Laws.’ National Report of Pakistan on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), pp. 2-3. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations. 1 January

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Relevant Laws

6. An elaborate legal, regulatory and administrative regime exists in Pakistan to regulate the production, import/export, trade, transfer, possession and stockpile management as well as other aspects related to SALW. The Arms Rules (1924), Arms Ordinance 1965, amended in 1991 and 2001, and Illicit Arms Act 1991 provide the legal basis for exercising controls over the activities covered by the UNPoA, as well as to institute relevant regulatory, administrative and enforcement measures. The said laws provide for penalties for violations of the provisions thereof or any rules framed under the laws. The provisions of these law are further complemented by provisions in other relevant legislations including… the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 (as amended). Pakistan Arms Ordinance 1965 prohibits manufacturing, possession, sale, transfer, transportation of any arms and related ammunition in contravention of the provisions of the Ordinance…


8. Several Statutory Notifications are also issued from time to time to empower the Federal or Provincial governments to give effect to various provisions of the relevant laws. The body of rules includes Arms Rules 1924 and Arms Policy 2012. A new Arms Policy for 2016 is being framed.

9. The Arms Policy 2012 lays down strict criteria for issuance of arms licenses. The authority for approval of arms licenses for automatic weapons has been kept with the Prime Minister only…

11… The Ministry of Defense Production is responsible for the issuance of authorizations of all types of arms and ammunition from the public and private manufacturers following an elaborate process of inter-agency coordination. The inter-agency review of export applications is done on a case-to-case basis. No blanket authorizations are issued…

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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