Weapon-Free Society: Govt to Buy Back Guns from Locals
GILGIT: In a bid to rid Gilgit-Baltistan of weapons, the government has decided to purchase all the guns from the people.
G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman’s novel idea will soon be implemented, said a CM House spokesperson on Sunday. Traders of illegal arms in the region have minted hefty sums amid the sectarian conflict that has escalated over the years.
“The arms will be purchased from residents on reasonable rates to ensure they spend the money on other necessities,” said the spokesperson. “The move doesn’t just stop at buying back guns. There will be scanners installed at exit and entry points of G-B to check vehicles for weapons in order to curtail smuggling. Around 150 CCTV cameras will also be installed at different places.”
A modern tracking system will be implemented to ensure illegal weapons do not enter the region again. In an attempt to get traders and local notables on board, the government has urged them to pitch in and help purchase weapons and equipment. “Traders have agreed to donate close to 100 cameras,” the spokesperson added.
Rahman has long been a proponent of the idea. He suggested the move several years back when he was a member of the opposition during the Pakistan Peoples Party government. Now with all the powers vested in him as the chief executive of the region, Rahman is set to enforce it.
Earlier this week, Rahman had said a weapon-free society is necessary for progress. He said the move will not only help the people monetarily but also aid the government in fighting crime. “A database of those who submit their firearms will be set up,” he said.
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