Sale of toy guns banned in Peshawar

Published: July 7, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The district administration of Peshawar on Tuesday banned the sale of toy guns for a period of one month in an apparent attempt to curb sky rocketing sales of the toy during Eid.

The orders were given by Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud in keeping with Section 144.

“Police will be given the authority to arrest anyone violating the ban under Section 188 of Pakistan Penal Code,” public relations officer to Riaz Mehsud, Feroz Shah, added.

Read: Dangerous games: With Eid around the corner, sales of toy guns goes up

Every year sales of toy guns increase during the time of Eid. Police said children use rubber-ball ammunition in their guns and injure each other.

On June 10, a 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot dead by a teacher on the outskirts of Mingora. Majid Khan, a teacher at Sangota Public School Swat was cleaning his pistol in the staff room when he accidentally pulled the trigger. The bullet hit Maaz Khan, a student of class five who was passing through the corridor, killing him on the spot.

Read: Teenage boy shot by police over ‘selfie with toy gun’

Earlier this year, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had given firearms training to teachers and permitted them to take guns into classrooms after the barbaric attack on Army Public School in the provincial capital. However, the move attracted widespread criticism.

Civil society welcomes decision

Meanwhile, the civil society and organisations working for orphans have welcomed the decision.

Executive Director Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT) Shad Begum while appreciating the decision called on toy makers to avoid manufacturing such toys.

“Huge amounts are spent on supply toys gun so it was not easy for the administration to take action against toy guns sellers,” she said.

Begum also appealed to the government to take action against such manufacturers.

Taimur Kamal, a representative of the POHA Foundation and Tahseenullah Khan, Administrator of Aghosh orphan homes also applauded the decision while talking to The Express Tribune.

Khan asked parents not to let their children buy toy guns.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jehanzeb Mahar
    Jul 7, 2015 - 3:00PM

    Lol. How are toy guns related to the death of student from accidental fire by a teacher? These dumb bureaucrats have nothing better to doRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Jul 7, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Finally some sanity. Recommend

  • AsR
    Jul 7, 2015 - 4:39PM

    Instead regulate the sale of toy guns. My suggestion is to allow only yellow color for toy guns that could only throw water or a rubber ball.Recommend

  • Truth?
    Jul 7, 2015 - 5:30PM

    KP is the worst form of Govt. with entire huge corruption and exploitation. All the Govt. institution is supported by the PTI for corruption and exploitation of innocents. Recommend

  • bilal
    Jul 7, 2015 - 7:42PM

    @ Truth… please change your name to LIAR.
    And please get a life.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 8, 2015 - 12:15AM

    You’re exposing guns and violence to your kids ever since they are born. When you give a baby a toy gun to play with, what will his attitude be toward guns and violence when he grows up? There should be a universal ban on toy guns or at least across Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Jul 8, 2015 - 11:55AM

    The intellectuals commenting here against this move are the same who would have gone psycho appreciating this move if anything like this would have been implemented by the USA or india in their countries :’) lolRecommend

  • Muhammad Muneeb
    Jul 9, 2015 - 9:33AM

    Finally a good step … I would expect they should ban it all over Pakistan Recommend

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