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ISAF arms find way to Pakistani black market

ISAF arms find way to Pakistani black market

Sep 20, 2014 - 13:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): American and ISAFinfo-icon assault rifles and handguns have found their way to illegal arms markets in Pakistaninfo-icon’s lawless tribal region, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Despite their high prices, M-16 assault rifles and Berettas -- standard weapons for the US army -- are selling like hot cakes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAinfo-icon).

The Express Tribune quoted arms dealers in Dara Adamkhel as saying the rifles and Beretta 9mm military pistols had been stolen from the US army and its NATOinfo-icon allies in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“I personally don’t like M-16 assault rifles. They are too complex and have too many small parts; the AK-47 is simple to use, easy to clean and withstands all conditions,” one dealer told the daily.

The weapons, in high demand as they are, have become quite a status symbol for the country’s upper class, according to Siraj Afridi, who said the rich insisted on buying M-16s for their guards.

A Beretta 9mm is available for Rs1.5 lakh a piece an M-16 rifle for Rs5 lakh. The dealer explained: “People only buy an M-16 only if it is a military gun taken from the US Army.”

Beretta handguns are manufactured in Italy but used by the US. Yousaf Afridi, another arms dealer, estimated thousands of M-16s and Berettas had been smuggled into Pakistan.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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