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According to a report in Urdu-language daily Roznama Ummat, a group of criminals used Facebook and other social media platforms to sell arms and ammunition throughout Pakistan. The report said that four members of this inter-state criminal organization were arrested by the police in the city of Karachi and that a large cache of weapons and ammunition was seized.
A screenshot of the Roznama Ummat report
As part of the illegal arms-trafficking operation, the criminals produced counterfeit licenses, supposedly issued by the interior ministry of Pakistan, and posted information about weapons and ammunition on Facebook and other social media platforms. The report added that QR codes were used for making payments.
According to the report, the weapons were procured from Darra Adamkhel – a well-established hub of illegal arms manufacturers – in the Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The report noted that buyers were expected to pay 50 percent of the cost of the arms and ammunition upfront, while the rest of the payment was made at the time of delivery in towns across Pakistan. The daily also stated that private security companies were involved in the illegal weapons trade.
Source: Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), November 11, 2022.