DERA GHAZI KHAN

Toman Khosa, a tribal are of Dera Ghazi Khan, has become safe haven for the arms smugglers under the patronage of corrupt personnel of Border Military Police (BMP), as per law-enforcers and sources.

The tribal area is notorious as a transit route for arms smugglers who bring different kinds of arms from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces via Dera Ismail Khan and tribal area of Dera Ghazi Khan.

Toman Khosa is about 50 kilometre away from the city. Small mountainous village namely Ghoray Muther of Toman Khosa near Zinda Peer area is popular for arms smuggling. Almost all kinds of weapons including Kalashnikov, rocket launcher, hand grenades, guns, repeaters, rifles, pistol, bullets and cartridges are sold there to criminals, notorious offenders, robbers, proclaimed offenders and terrorist groups.

Many law-enforcement agencies have confirmed and reported that the tribal area routes are used for smuggling of weapons and non-custom paid vehicles under the umbrella of corrupt official of Border Military Police. Even the Special Branch of Punjab police have probed and reported that BMP personnel were involved in smuggling of vehicles. As per local sources, most of weapons made in China and Russia are sold there and then smuggled across Pakistan via Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Market prices of Kalashnikov is Rs200,000 to Rs300,000, rocket launcher Rs20,000 to Rs30,000, hand grenades Rs10,000 to 15,000, China 10 tikki rifles Rs80,000 to 100,000, pistol including 30 bore, 32 bore and 9MM Rs20,000 to 50,000 and bullets and cartridges prices are Rs70,000 to 100,000.

The famous weapon sellers of the area include Nawab Khan, Mian Khan, Zulfiqar Khan, Ameer Bakhsh, Ghareeb Nawaz, Ghous Bakhsh and Amanullah. Some years ago, the Urs of Zinda Peer was main event of smugglers for their sale and purchase of weapons, a source said.

The sources informed The Nation that two days ago, a new stock of weapons in a large quantity including Kalashnikov, rocket launcher, hand grenades, guns, repeaters, rifles, pistol, bullets and cartridges has reached the mountainous place of Ghoray Muther in the jurisdiction of BMP Mumdani police with the support of corrupt officials of BMP.

It was smuggled from Wana Town of South Waziristan Agency of FATA by using Toyota Hilux VIGO vehicle. Due to rain, the road was blocked about 10 kilometre away from Ghoray Muther, therefore the smugglers hired a tractor-trolley for Rs50,000 fare from Farid Murwani and shifted the stock to their hideouts.

It will be sold as usual to criminals, offenders etc. Even the smugglers have started selling it through motorcycle riders via mountainous palace Sakhi Haider, about 6 km away from DG Cement Factory, in the remits of BMP Cement Factory police.

Notably, the BMP personnel are free to do corruption due to non-posting of its commandant for the last 10 days as existing commandant has been sent on holidays.

When contacted, Cement Factory SHO Sirajuddin confirmed the information, and said that his driver along with a peon were coming back from DG Cement Factory carrying lunch for the police personnel. Meanwhile, he added, they signaled to two bikers who were carrying a Kalashnikov, but they managed to escape.

The SHO added that the police were already informed of smuggling of weapons by using a tractor-trolley but the precincts os of BMP Mumdani Police Station.

When The Nation contacted Mumdani SHO Ziaullah Lund, he said that he was already investigating the matter as he had called tractor-trolley owner Farid Murwani. After some hours, Zia contacted this scribe and said that he had completed investigation and Farid Murwani has denied the allegations. The local people, who lack the basic necessities to improve their quality of life, demanded action against the corrupt mafia of BMP.