ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence Production which met here yesterday under the chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor discussed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  

The Committee was given briefing by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence Production, with regard to the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) produced at the POF, Wah.

He said that these weapons were consumed by the Armed Forces and other law enforcing agencies of Pakistan.

He told the Committee that these weapons were properly marked in accordance with the laid down procedures, bear permanent marking and can be identified in the name of the manufacturer.

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain clearly stated that the ministry has no mandate for making policies regarding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

He was of the firm opinion that ATT pertains to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After the statement by the minister, the Committee decided that another meeting would be convened in the next session of National Assembly on the said agenda and secretaries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence Production would be called.

The meeting was attended by Muhammad Khan Daha, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Amra Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Ayesha Gulalai, MNAs and Syed Naveed Qamar, Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, as special invitees, besides senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production.