Islamabad Police apprehend 489 persons involved in illegal weapons trafficking

ISLAMABAD: A total of 489 persons accused in illegal trafficking of weapons have been apprehended in the last eight months in the federal capital, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Thursday.

In a written reply to the question of Dr Nafisa Shah, he said Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP) has registered 478 cases under arm ordinance 1965 against the accused persons. Challans against the accused persons have already been sent to the trial court.

To check illegal trafficking of weapons Islamabad Police has increased the surveillance of the persons accused in the trafficking and those on bail.

SHOs/SDPOs have been directed to deploy their staff at all inlets outlets to check suspect suspicious vehicles motorcycles.

Random raids at residence of previous record holders are being conducted to curb this crime.

Regarding recovery of weapons in various provinces, he said a total of 20 Kalashnikovs have been recovered in current year in Islamabad. Police have recovered 29 Rifles, 55 Guns, 478 Pistol/Revolver, 8 Carbine and miscellaneous 21 and 12,601 cartridges have been recovered in the current year in federal capital.

In Punjab 23,544 cases have been registered from Jan to June 2013, for possessing illegal arms. And 23,535 persons have also been arrested for possessing illegal arms.

A total of 527 Kalashnikovs, 1,753 Rifles, 3,508 Guns, 17,236 Pistols/Revolvers, 1,479 Carbine, 57 Grenades, and 3,46,956 cartridges have also been recovered.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhaw, 21 Kalashnikovs, 140 Pistols, 60,653 Rounds, five Short Guns have been registered from January to July 2013.

In Balochistan, he said the illegal weapons are trafficked through various infrequent routes on donkeys, camels and pickups with concealed compartments for such purpose. Mode of transportation depends upon the route.