February 21, 2024

Gangs selling arms online also involved in making fake arms licenses

bullets - CTD file

Gangs selling arms online also involved in making fake arms licenses - foto courtesy CTDC

KARACHI, Nov,13,2022- Online arms dealer gangs in Karachi are also involved in creating fake arms licenses under the guise of smuggling arms from Dara Adam Khel, Peshawar and DI Khan to Karachi.

According to Raja Umar Khattab, Head of Intelligence of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh Police, four suspects who were arrested yesterday under this charge have made sensational disclosures during the investigation.

He said that 18 modern pistols, other weapons, magazines and a large number of bullets were recovered from the possession of the accused.

How fake arms licenses are made?

Raja Umar Khattab said that according to the accused, his group asks for photos, fingerprints, signatures and ID cards of the wanted persons on WhatsApp, through which they very skillfully use modern arms licenses issued by the Ministry of Interior of Pakistan. An arms license is produced which has a QR code on it.

He said that any agency or institution checks this QR code, then all its details are revealed, which makes the checker think that the arms license is genuine, but there is no record of it in the Ministry of Interior as it is fake.

According to Raja Umar Khattab, such licenses are used in the smuggling of illegal weapons. Most of the arms dealers and shopkeepers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the arms dealers of Karachi and other districts of Sindh and people of private security companies are involved in this business.

He said that under the law of the Government of Sindh, every arms dealer is obliged to submit two spent shells of the arms sold to the FSL, but an important and dangerous observation has come to light that this is not being done, that is the reason why there is no record anywhere of the smuggled weapons.

Raja Umar Khattab further said that all the arms dealers are involved in selling huge number of bullets, the vendors are systematically registering the illegal arms on the fake arms license illegally.

He also stated that the new generation of enthusiasts, criminals, terrorist organizations and others are involved in such illegal activities.