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Pakistanis Are Armed, Dangerous

January 13, 2009

Twenty million Pakistanis carry guns: outflanking the U.S. NRA for sure….


By Ayesha Akram
The Washington Times
When Abid Noor bids farewell to his wife before leaving for work each morning, he runs a mental check to see whether he has remembered everything – his briefcase, his watch, the lunch his wife has packed and a loaded AK-47.

The AK-47, or Kalashnikov as it is commonly called in Pakistan, is a recent addition.

“I only began carrying it two to three months ago and now I don’t leave home without it,” said Mr. Noor, 40, who works at the government’s planning and development department in the northwest city of Peshawar.

Mr. Noor said he decided to travel armed after a friend, Muhammed Javed Afridi, was kidnapped by five masked men carrying AK-47s, while driving home.

Another friend “was working as principal of a school in Jamrud, and for no apparent reason he was shot dead one day as he was returning from work.”

“I think the police are doing the best they can but it’s not enough,” he said. “I need to try and save myself also.”

It’s hard to quantify the exact numbers of Pakistanis carrying arms. Some estimates put the number of small arms in the nation of 172 million at more than 20 million, most of them unlicensed.

The United States has a far larger number of weapons per capita – 210 million privately owned firearms in a nation of 300 million, according to National Rifle Association, but these are licensed.

The North West Frontier Province, a haven for insurgents with a population of about 2 million, is thought to have more than a half-million illegal small arms and light weapons.

Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League burn an effigy of Israel's ... 
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League burn an effigy of Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a protest in Lahore January 12, 2009 against Israel’s attacks on Gaza.REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

 Pakistan is World Leader in Anti-Terror Fight — Musharraf

Indian PM wants normalized relations with Pakistan

December 14, 2008

India’s prime minister said Sunday he wants “normalized” relations with Pakistan amid rising tensions between the South Asian rivals following the Mumbai attacks that left more than 160 people dead.

Addressing an election rally in Indian Kashmir — a focal point of much of the tension between India and Pakistan — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he hopes relations between the neighbors can be “normalized,” but this cannot happen until “our neighbor stops allowing its territory to be used for acts of terrorism against India.”

Singh traveled to Khundru town in Kashmir after a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in New Delhi. The two leaders discussed the attacks on Mumbai, which have been blamed on a Pakistani-based Kashmiri militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India has called on Pakistan to crack down on militant groups operating out of Pakistan.

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press Writer

Pakistan has carried out raids on a charity believed to be linked to Lashkar, but also urged India to provide further evidence.

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh

India finds itself in the awkward position of having to investigate terrorist attacks hand-in-hand with its longtime nemesis. The two countries have fought three wars against each other since independence. Despite a peace process that began in 2004, tensions remain high.

Thousands of soldiers used barbed wire and metal barricades to seal off all approach roads to Khundru ahead of Singh’s visit.

The prime minister addressed the rally ahead of the sixth of seven rounds of voting in state elections. The elections for Kashmir’s state legislature started Nov. 17 and end Dec. 24. Voters cast their ballots in the fifth phase on Saturday as scattered clashes between protesters and government forces left one person dead.

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