Policy Guidelines on Export of Conventional Arms

Islamabad, July 03, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has promulgated policy guidelines to regulate the export of conventional arms and ammunitions. This initiative reflects the abiding commitment of Pakistan to advance the goals of peace and security, through conventional arms control and regulation of trade and related aspects of these weapons.

The guidelines represent formalization of the existing national practices for export of conventional arms and related components.

The policy framework seeks to promote adherence to the principles and purposes of the UN Charter; reaffirmation of States right to self-defence and security; compliance with UN Security Council arms embargoes; sub-regional and regional peace, security and stability considerations; and conformity with national security and foreign policy objectives of Pakistan.

These guidelines were evolved by the Inter-Ministerial Policy Group on Conventional Arms which included representatives from Ministries of Defence Production, Defence, Commerce, Industries, Interior and others.

The Inter-Ministerial Group is also seized of other relevant conventional arms issues including streamlining of licensing, imports as well as implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

The Ministry of Defence Production, as the focal point for examining and authorizing the export of conventional arms, shall lead the operationalization of this policy framework through, inter alia, a well defined mechanism of licensing, inter-Ministerial consultations and End User Certificate requirements.

For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Personal Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604