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Pakistan

Small Arms Menace an Administrative Problem

11 July 2003

Daily Times (Lahore)

WASHINGTON — The official Pakistani delegation attending a UN conference on the proliferation and control of small arms in New York has projected the issue as an administrative one which could be dealt with if more money was made available by rich countries. The official Pakistani representatives, according to Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, an independent participant from Pakistan, "completely ignored the fact that the spread of small arms in the end is a political problem. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan,United Nations

Seminar: 'Civilians Own Majority of Small Firearms'

8 June 2003

Daily Times (Lahore)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Civilians own the majority of the world's stockpile of small firearms which cause around 500,000 deaths each year, speakers at a seminar said on Saturday. The seminar on "Fighting Weapons of Civil Destruction" was organised by the Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme (CAMP) as a part of the global week of action against small arms. It said around 59 percent if a total of 639 million small guns are owned or controlled by civilians while... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

18 Million Illegal Weapons in Country: Small Arms Survey 2002

14 January 2003

Dawn (Karachi)

There are nine illegal arms for every licensed weapon currently held by individuals in the country. According to officials at the Ministry of Interior there were approximately 18 million illegally-held weapons in Pakistan compared to some two million weapons that were in the hands of legally-licensed owners. The figure of two million legally authorized weapons in Pakistan is quoted in the Small Arms Survey, 2002. In 2001, the Musharraf government launched a countrywide... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Pakistan Has 18 Million Illegal Firearms -Report

14 January 2003

Reuters

ISLAMABAD — About 18 million firearms are held illegally in Pakistan in addition to the two million weapons that are legally registered, a newspaper quoted interior ministry officials as saying. Tuesday's edition of Dawn said a campaign launched in 2001 by military president General Pervez Musharraf to counter the country's "Kalashnikov culture" had led to the recovery of 210,000 illegal weapons in 18 months. The paper said the Interior Ministry's Small Arms Survey... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Govt Yet to Give Official Count on Arms Deposited

25 November 2002

Daily Star (Pakistan)

The government could not specify the count of licensed arms deposited even three days after expiry of the extended deadline on November 21. At his regular briefing yesterday, Principal Information Officer (PIO) Khondker Manirul Alam gave a partial data on the deposited arms but failed to give a total figure. Deposited were 11,522 arms with the 22 police stations in the capital and 1,055 with the Office of Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dhaka until November 21. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Crackdown on Illegal Arms Markets Soon

18 August 2002

Agence France Presse

ISLAMABAD Pakistan is to close hundreds of illegal weapons outlets in an attempt to change the nation's "Kalashnikov culture" and reduce gun-related killings, which claim thousands of lives each year, officials said on Sunday. Authorities in Northwest Frontier Province, a lawless tribal area which borders Afghanistan and is infamous for violent clashes between rival clans, said that weapons markets there would be closed following instructions from Islamabad. "After... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Under Political Pressure, Gun Town Slumps

12 April 2002

International Herald Tribune

DARRA ADAM KHEL, Pakistan — Anyone made jumpy by sharp bursts of automatic rifle fire would be well advised not to come here. There is no war, but this is a one-industry town: guns. Small boys assemble cartridges; their brothers operate drill presses; their fathers file away on stocks. More than 3,000 father-and-son operations, manufacturing, trading and selling weapons from their box-like open-front shops, stand one after another along the main drag, and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Pakistani Tribes, Gun Trade Go Hand in Hand

18 March 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

DARRA ADAM KHEL, Pakistan — All along the main street in this dusty, one-horse town, dozens of weapons stores are lined with floor-to-ceiling replicas of Russian, Chinese and American arms. Turbaned men, rifles slung over their shoulders, stroll casually past dirty- faced boys hunched over grinding wheels all seemingly oblivious to a government ban on public display of weapons. Before people carried guns, they carried swords. It has always been this way, said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan,Afghanistan

United Nations Urges Afghanistan to Disarm

13 March 2002

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghanistan's future is in jeopardy unless it undertakes a serious effort to round up the millions of weapons circulating throughout the country, the U.N.'s chief human rights official said. Mary Robinson, who spent several days in Afghanistan last week, said the most pressing human rights issue that faces the interim government of Prime Minister Hamid Karzai is human security. What really impressed me was that there is relative stability in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Weapons Sales Suffering in Pakistan

26 December 2001

Newsday (New York)

DARRA, Pakistan — A stream of bearded men walked into Mohammad Shah's cramped shop, sat cross-legged on an Afghan carpet, sipped green tea and started haggling over the price of AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and shotguns. A half hour later, three men walked outside and began firing into the air, testing their purchases. Still, Shah complained that business is lagging. My shop used to be packed all the time, he said as he dismantled a Russian-made shotgun that was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Guns, Guns and More Guns in Pakistan's Wild West

28 September 2001

Reuters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Secret pen guns, pocket guns, handguns, shotguns, machineguns, anti-aircraft guns-the Wild West of Pakistan is a gun lover's dream. Almost any type of gun can be bought or copied, and manufacturers and sellers are optimistic that a predicted U.S. blitz on Afghanistan for sheltering Osama bin Laden, prime suspect in the attacks on New York and Washington, could fuel a mini-boom in demand. "If they attack, I'll be able to make more guns and sell... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Arms Makers Expect a Boom

24 September 2001

Dawn (Karachi)

KOHAT — Arms and ammunition manufacturers at Darra Adam Khel in the NWFP are foreseeing a boom in the industry after experiencing two consecutive dull business years, in the wake of imminent US-led big and long military operation in the region, according to a Dawn survey. The Darra arms and ammunition industry has been thriving mainly on import of scrap from Afghanistan, dating back to the war fought against Soviet forces, for making arms and ammunition for the last... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Licensed Arms

23 September 2001

Independent (Dhaka), Opinion

Against the backdrop of poll-related violence throughout the country, and the apparent failure of the relevant authorities in rounding up appreciable quantity of illegal arms from the clutches of anti-social elements, it is with some degree of bewilderment that holders of licensed arms like pistol, shot-gun, etc. are beginning to deposit them with the appropriate authorities as per directive of the Caretaker government. The owners of licensed arms are not too happy... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Govt Ask Owners of Licensed Arms to Deposit With Police Stations by Sept 25

18 September 2001

Independent (Dhaka)

The government asked all owners of licensed pistols and revolvers to deposit the arms with the nearest police stations by September 25, ahead of general election, reports UNB. Besides, the government has imposed ban on carrying of other types of licensed arms from September 23 to October 7. The government slapped the moratorium by an order issued yesterday for controlling law and order before, during and after the October 1 elections to misuse of legal arms." All the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Use-And-Throw Pistol Now

10 September 2001

Independent (Dhaka)

DINAJPUR — With the abundant availability of huge sophisticated firearms, a different type of pistol is now coming into the country from India, which can be used one time only, reports UNB. Reliable sources said a huge quantity of such pistols is coming into the country along with other firearms through the different border areas of the district, which is cheaper in price and handy. They said each of the pistols could be purchased between Tk 300 and Tk 400 with one... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Recovering Arms for Ensuring Internal Security

9 September 2001

Independent (Dhaka), Editorial

Over the past several years the country has been passing through a wave of horrific violence in which hundreds of people were killed. Never before the country was in the grip of such a severe bloody violence. And now pre-election violence continues to increase resulting in huge toll of human lives as illegal weapons are in the possession of terrorists and criminals. Almost every day the newspapers are reporting about either bloody clashes between the supporters of major... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

131 Firearms Seized, 1,921 Held in Pabna

22 August 2001

Independent (Dhaka)

PABNA — Pabna district police seized a total of 131 firearms and 2,051 explosives on the 30th day of the countrywide combing operation ending on August 15. Police also arrested 1,921 persons during the drive. The arrested persons included 98 activists of an outlawed political party, 18 listed terrorists and seven terrorists with firearms. The recovered firearms included one rifle, nine pistols, seven revolvers, 15 guns, 28 shutter guns, 67 pipeguns and four other... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Illegal Weapons to Be Put to Torch

13 August 2001

Dawn (Karachi)

ISLAMABAD — A huge quantity of arms recovered during the recent deweaponisation campaign will be put to the torch in Quetta on Aug 20, Dawn reliably learnt. All the arms which are not in good condition will be burnt, while those in working condition will be handed over to the law enforcement agencies, an interior ministry official said. Interior Minister Lt-Gen Moinuddin Haider will preside over a meeting of inter-provincial committee on law and order the same day... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Guns a Way of Life in Remote Pakistan

3 August 2001

Marlborough Express (New Zealand)

The first time you hear it you jump. The rapid crack of gunfire from the street, followed by a wafting cloud of smoke. Soon you get used to it and when the shots ring out you manage not to spill the cup of tea you've been handed. Welcome to Darra Adam Khel, gun city Pakistan, one of the most unique towns you're likely to come across and not a place for pacifists. For more than 100 years it has been a centre of gun making and today it continues, beyond the control of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Musharraf Vows 'Offensive' Arms Searches in Pakistan

2 August 2001

Independent (Dhaka)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities will launch "targeted searches" to recover millions of illegal arms following a spate of high-profile assassinations, President Pervez Musharraf said Thursday, reports AFP. The general said the military-led government was determined to crack down on the gun culture which is fueling bloody sectarian, ethnic and political violence throughout the country. "Let me assure you, we will be conclusive, proactive and offensive," he told a... (GunPolicy.org)

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