Peshawar: Over 7,000 foreign-made pistols seized
PESHAWAR: In a raid at the Peshawar Airport, intelligence agencies seized over 7,000 foreign-made pistols and three million rounds that were being illegally transported from Ankara (Turkey), sources told The News. “The original weapon numbers of these guns were tampered, which shows the arms were being sold to terrorists and target killers,” the sources disclosed.
The seizure is said to be one of the biggest arms scandals unearthed during the last many years. A spokesman for an intelligence agency, who requested not to be named, confirmed the raid, saying the case had been sent to the Interior Ministry in Islamabad where a committee constituted to probe the involvement of the officials of Customs Department as well as the Federal Board of Revenue.
The sources disclosed that a party of an intelligence agency while acting on a tip-off raided the warehouse of the Customs Department at the Peshawar International Airport late Tuesday night and seized 7,000 foreign-made pistols with three million rounds. “The warehouse has been sealed so that the black sheep involved in the scandal are unable to shift the arms,” the sources said.
The weapons were transported in a consignment from a Turkish company in Ankara to Gohar Customs and Clearing Agents via a flight of the Worldwide Aviation Services. “The arms were to be handed over to two arms dealers in Peshawar and another two in Lahore and one each trader in Multan, Sargodha and Hangu districts,” the sources said.
A number of arms dealers are importing weapons from different countries, including Turkey, under licences issued by different government departments. However, the sources disclosed, an international gang of criminals in connivance with some government officials also smuggles ammunition, mostly with tampered numbers, through fake documents which is later sold through illegal ways to target killers and hardened criminals. The sources said that weapons with tampered numbers also have lower tax rate as these are considered as used.