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South Asian Nations Awash in Small Weapons, Many Purchased by the United States

11 July 2001

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

South Asia is awash in small arms — many bought by the United States for Afghanistan's mujahedeen during the 1980s — and large quantities are in the hands of insurgents throughout the subcontinent, arms experts say. Small arms "are the weapons of choice" in many of the small regional insurgencies in Pakistan, Kashmir, Sri Lanka or rebel movements in northeastern India, said Faruq Faisel, spokesman for the South Asia Partnership that analyzes regional... (

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Weapons Amnesty Declared in Pakistan

7 June 2001

Washington Times

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's military government yesterday began a countrywide crackdown on illicit weapons possession by allowing unlicensed guns to be turned in with impunity until June 20. After that, mandatory 14-month prison sentences will be imposed. Enforcement methods have been left in the hands of the governors of the country's four provinces — Sind, Punjab, Northwest Frontier and Baluchistan. Pakistan's 150 million people have more weapons per... (

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Northwest Pakistan, Where Guns Are the Jewellery of Men

27 March 2001

Christian Science Monitor

LANDIKOTAL, Pakistan — In his tiny shop inside the Khyber Pass near the Afghan border, Shoaib Khan pulls out his bestseller: the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. "Every man should have at least one gun of his own," he says, briefly interrupted as three shots ring out nearby: A customer at another shop is shooting a weapon into the air to test it. "Weapons are the jewelry of men," he smiles. "Women wear jewelry, men wear guns." Twelve years after the Soviet Union... (

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Tackling the Culture of Jihad

16 February 2001

Guardian (UK)

Pakistan's military regime has earned the wrath of the country's religious militants by warning that it will crack down on their fund raising and the widespread use of illegal weapons. In the past, no Pakistani government has dared to curb the power of the religious right, which, for the past decade, has focused its energy on what it calls a 'jihad', or holy war, against Indian rule in Kashmir. Now the interior minister, Moinuddin Haider, a retired general, has begun... (

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Pakistan Plan to Buy Illegal Weapons

7 November 2000

BBC News

The Pakistani government says it is considering a proposal to buy back illegal and unlicensed weapons from their owners. The Pakistani interior minister, Moinuddin Haider, said the move was part of a drive to create a weapon-free society. According to the proposals, which will be put forward to the cabinet for approval, the owners would receive between twenty-five and fifty percent of the weapons' value. The government has already banned new weapon licenses, arms... (

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Pakistan Government Wants to Regularize Arms Trade in Tribal Area

27 September 2000

News (Karachi)

ISLAMABAD — The government wants to regularise arms trade in Darra Adamkhel, an official told The News here on Tuesday. He said an official Task Force will finalise deweaponisation policy on Wednesday. The government will unfold the policy for debate to elicit public opinion before getting it approved from the federal cabinet, he said. He said: "The basic objective is to cleanse the society of illegal arms, which will automatically help curb crimes." Among others, the... (

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Govt. Seeks to Disarm Pakistanis

2 March 2000

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It became a crime in Pakistan on Thursday to publicly display weapons — no small thing in a country awash in arms, where a rocket launcher can be bought in the open market. And that's just the beginning, said Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider, whose job it is to bring order to a nation wracked by sectarian violence, ethnic killings and assassinations. "They will not like it," the retired army general said of militant Islamic groups. "They... (

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Pakistan to Crack Down on Illegal Arms

14 February 2000


ISLAMABAD — The Federal Government of Pakistan is considering a major crackdown on illegal arms holders after mid-March to ensure safety of the masses and improve law and order situation, Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider said. A proposal to this effect is under consideration by the government to collect all kinds of illegal arms throughout the country, the minister told the local press after a function in Karachi on Sunday. He said that nobody would be spared as... (

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Gun Dealers Fight for Trade

27 January 2000

BBC News

Arms dealers in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province are having a hard time making a living these days. The province is where the Khyber Pass links Pakistan to Afghanistan, and where many of the province's Pashtun people, also known as the Pathans, live in "tribal" areas, largely free from Pakistani laws. It is also home to a large unlicensed arms trade — which took off during the Afghan war, as US weapons for the mujahideen flooded into the region. But trade is... (

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Pakistan to Introduce Law Banning Illegal Weapons

8 January 1999


ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Shajuat Hussain Friday said the government has decided to introduce a new law to enhance punishment for those who keep illegal weapons. Talking to reporters here, he said that the Interior Ministry has prepared a draft of the new law in consultation with the law ministry, adding that ordinance in this connection could be issued any time. He said that a large-scale operation will be launched to recover illicit arms... (

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