Weapon infiltration: Alert sounded on mobile phone guns

Published: April 14, 2012

A mobile phone gun on display. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

An intelligence agency has warned of the danger posed by the availability of mobile phone guns in the local market.

An urgent letter from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to law-enforcement and intelligence outfits has warned of the infiltration of the sets, which appear to be normal cellular phones, and could potentially be used to assassinate key individuals.

The news has come as a shock to officials and organisations that have yet to devise a strategy to eradicate the threat.

“These guns are reportedly of European origin and look just like a normal cellular phone but can fire 4 rounds of 0.22 caliber in quick succession using just the keypad,” said an intelligence source citing details of the warning received through the ISI communiqué.

“The guns are available in Peshawar’s Karkhano Market priced at around Rs30,000 a piece. But obviously there are concerns that the supply of these guns to other parts of the country may begin any time, as the weapon is popular among those in the arms business.”

Among other threats, the spy agency sees a serious danger to the lives of senior government functionaries and political leaders. The guns, as the source said, could easily be used as a tool to target people from a very close range.

“Since the gun looks like a cell phone, there is a strong possibility that terrorists may use it in places where they cannot get through with a conventional weapon,” said the source.

The mobile phone guns are believed to have been manufactured in Yugoslavia or Croatia. The antennae of the gutted phones function as gun barrels and the numbers 5 through 8 on the keypad work as triggers. Security experts say the cell phone guns, as well as other improvised explosive devices, can be detected by screening equipment now in use at airports internationally.

“Considering the details of the guns and its improvisation, strict checks have been recommended to keep eye on arms being smuggled into Pakistan,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2012.

Reader Comments (17)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 14, 2012 - 10:11AM

    A sample should be provided to all law enforcement agencies so that this most dangerous weapon can easily be detected. Surely, now there will be a rush by criminals to purchase this deadly weapon.

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  • UseIt
    Apr 14, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Won’t work – Made in China.

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  • MarkH
    Apr 14, 2012 - 12:17PM

    Nobody use your cellphone anywhere near someone with an itchy trigger finger.

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  • Qasim
    Apr 14, 2012 - 12:19PM

    Phone snatchers be warned; you may get more than what you demand.

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  • BADurrani
    Apr 14, 2012 - 12:54PM

    This isn’t a new phenomenon I remember as a kid seeing pen guns in various markets across the country

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  • WahWah Khan
    Apr 14, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Yeah whoever don’t know about it and they got an idea from Tribune….lol

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  • Humayoon
    Apr 14, 2012 - 1:50PM

    the thing is why someone would spend some extra money on such sophisticated gun when they can have AK47 Kalashnikov much more easily.. =s

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  • Aik Pakistani
    Apr 14, 2012 - 3:03PM

    Where it all coming from? Can’t we stop it or again bribe used to import ——Simple question but …..

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 14, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Lets see …………………Kharkhano Market Peshawar ………….hmmmmm…..If my calucualtion is correct the guns have already made their ways in Karachi by now .ET you are late .

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 14, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Now the mother of all problems has arrived in Pakistan.

    How will the law enfforcing officers check the mobile phone guns, when almost every person has a cellular phone atleast in all the cities of Pakistan.

    One cannot check every single person walking on the street, similar to suicide bombers who roam freely and attack the required target, which the government has not been able to control as yet.

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  • Ammar
    Apr 14, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Personally, I blame the movies.

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  • Umer Farooq
    Apr 14, 2012 - 6:07PM

    gr8 job on behalf of the reporter n ifcorx ET

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  • Hafeez
    Apr 14, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Lets worry more about the conventional guns such as pistols and AK-47s. These cellular fone guns are nothing compared to other guns which are far easier to get anywhere in Pakistan.

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  • Murtuza
    Apr 15, 2012 - 12:55AM

    well popularising this weapon could decrease suicide bomb blasts in my opinion..moreover people will target the required figures only innocent victims who get involved in blasts without any reasons could be saved

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  • Apr 17, 2012 - 12:33AM

    I think everyone should buy it to protect himself against phone snatchers.

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  • Nigar
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:33PM

    WelDone Pakistan
    An other best facility for the terrorist to kill human being.

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  • Nigar
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:34PM

    May almighty keep us away from all sin

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