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March 30, 2019



Pakistan Ordinance Factories.


A half page advertisement of Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), the organization that you head, was carried by most national newspapers on 28 November 2014.  The ‘ad’ related to availability of POF-made high quality irreversible semi-automatic weapons to public (read VIPs) of Pakistan.


One assumes that being the Chairman of POF,  you fully well understand  that the weapons can perform only one function.  If you  are a resident of this country you might have by now figured out how  Pakistan is being brutalised by the already available 20 million uncontrolled weapons in the hands of civilians.   If you read Pakistani newspapers then you would also know the huge benefits being delivered by these weapons.   You might also be aware that the state of Pakistan has already lost its monopoly over violence.  While the rulers avail bullet-proof vehicles at the tax payers’ account, ordinary citizens are at the mercy of militants, killers, mafias and private militias of all shades.


As you intend to sell them as ‘licensed’ weapons, you would also be having some idea of who are the beneficiaries of these instruments of bribe and appeasement called ‘licenses’. This is the forte of the   powerful, rich and militant ruling elite of this country.  You perhaps also already know that  the honourable parliamentarians are the most armed and militant individuals of Pakistan. They have been issued 69473 prohibited bore arms licenses only in the last six years.



Under these circumstances, your advertisement of weapons is an  abhorrent attempt at  proliferation of weapons in Pakistan.  You are patronizing an activity that is not just undesirable and distasteful but also destructive for our country.    Hope you have some idea of how many policemen have lost their lives in Karachi this year for lack of training and weapons. It may therefore be a good idea to stop advertising your weapons for public and instead redirect them to the law-enforcing agencies who might be able to put them to better use.