Govt issues guidelines for arms exports

Policy said to be in line with global initiatives of conventional arms control.

Our Correspondent July 04, 2012


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.


Yusuf | 9 years ago | Reply

Pakistan army weapons factories make landmines. We should immediately stop their production and export. its a horrible cruel weapon.

shazada zahid mahmoud malik loan | 9 years ago | Reply

Any national policy on arms exports must be in line with what others, especially the European Americans do and not what the UN wants. The European Americans and the Zionists Export more arms then anyone else and we must look at their practices and act accordinglly.

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