Pakistan has promulgated policy guidelines to regulate the export of conventional arms and ammunition, said a statement issued by the foreign ministry on Tuesday.
This initiative reflects the abiding commitment of Pakistan to advance the goals of peace, through conventional arms control and regulation of trade and related aspects of these weapons, it added.
The foreign office spokesperson said the guidelines represent formalisation of the existing national practices for export of conventional arms.
UN arms embargoes
The policy framework seeks to promote compliance with the UN Security Council arms embargoes, principles of the United Nations Charter, reaffirmation of states’ right to self-defence and security, regional peace, security and stability considerations; and conformity with national security and foreign policy objectives of Pakistan.
The spokesperson maintained that these guidelines were evolved by the Inter-Ministerial Policy Group on Conventional Arms, which included representatives from ministries of defence production, defence, commerce, industries, interior and others.
The inter-ministerial group is also seized of other relevant conventional arms issues including streamlining of licensing, imports as well as implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapon.
Pakistan will seek end user certificates from the importers of Pakistani weapons.
The spokesperson said that the ministry of defence production would make the policy framework for arms exports operational.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2012.
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