Peshawar: Owners of arms manufacturing factories have rejected the new arms policy as it was formulated without the consent of stakeholders, demanding the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to review it to save the industry from destruction.
The demand came on Wednesday in a meeting held at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry KPCCI . KPCCI acting President Ziaul Haq Sarhadi presided over the meeting attended by owners and representatives of arms manufacturing units.
Arms manufacturers said the new policy mostly suited the bureaucracy. They formed a committee to convince the provincial government to amend the policy.
Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervez, president Small Industries Association, said that the arms manufacturers did not want any confrontation with the government and wanted to resolve the policy issue through dialogue and not through protests.
He said that many units were manufacturing standard and quality arms and ammunition which were also being exported. Maqsood Anwar Pervez said that the arms industry was also generating employment for labour class. He said the policy should be relaxed to benefit the stakeholders.
KPCCI acting president Ziaul Haq Sarhadi said that the new arms policy was totally unacceptable and he would soon meet the senior minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour to solve
the problems. Sarhadi assured that the chamber would solve the problems of its members.