Expressing strong reservations over the Small Arms Manufacturing Policy 2011, arms manufacturers say that the sector is small and passing through difficult times and should be given some concessions.
Manufacturers say that fixing a production quota for each factory will prove fatal, so it must be abandoned and fixed only for ‘at a time basis’.
In its proposals, the Hunting and Sporting Arms Manufacturers Association Peshawar has argued that they cannot hire six guards for each factory from security companies because they have their own guards for this purpose.
The association has also proposed that the quota be fixed taking into the account the production capability of a factory, rather than the size of its plot, and that they be allowed to purchase parts from all over the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.