Ministry of Industries & Production

FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTION GHULAM MURTAZA KHAN JATOI MEETS WITH PAKISTAN HUNTING & SPORTS ARMS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

 Islamabad: 14 October 2015

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FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTION GHULAM MURTAZA KHAN JATOI MEETS WITH PAKISTAN HUNTING & SPORTS ARMS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

The Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi presided over a meeting with Pakistan Hunting & Sports Arms Development Company (PHSADC) today at his office in Islamabad. The representatives of PHSADC briefed the Minister about the performance of the organization and gave an overview of their management. The company also presented the categories of products they produce which include pistols, shotguns and rifles, specifically SKS rifles.

The company said that they maintain the highest quality standards certified by USA’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) and France’s Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives (CIP) covering the UK also. PHSADC said that even though the company’s products are produced manual as compared to the automated mechanism used by international manufacturers, their quality and performance standards are at par with each another. The company has exported products worth Rs. 23.32 million and orders worth Rs. 21.40 million are in the process to countries such as Austria, Lebanon, UK and USA.

The company appealed to the Minister that they face financial, production, logistic and export policy related issues. PHSADC used its own funds and financial assistance from Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to order machinery which is on route but require additional financial support to improve their business. Furthermore, mass production is difficult as currently they produce two dozen products and can exponentially increase this amount with the support of the Ministry of Industries & Production. Moreover, Emirates is the only airline which provides logistic support to PHSADC and the company requested the Minister for alternatives.

As far as export policy was concerned, PHSADC shared grievances of their goods not being categorized as “commercial” goods so far and NOC being difficult to obtain. The Minister suggested that the company should focus on exports rather than internal sale as the sensitive security situation of Pakistan makes it difficult for the Government of Pakistan to allow sale of arms, even for a sporting purpose, within the country.

The Minister assured PHSADC of his and his Ministry’s full support. The Minister also offered that he will help the company get in contact with law enforcement and paramilitary institutions such as a the Police and Rangers so that these institutions can be the company’s clients as well. As far as logistic issues were concerned, the Minister suggested that Civil Aviation Authority should be contacted by PHSADC for assistance in this regard. The Minister stressed that his Ministry will extend its assistance to bolster the sporting arms industry while maintaining internal harmony in Pakistan by keeping a strict eye on security measures relevant to PHSADC.

The Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production was also present in the meeting.