Dawn reports yesterday [Friday, 18 Sep, 2009] “A private Pakistani security agency being operated by a retired army captain, and providing security and protection to American embassy officials in the country, has imported over 80 sophisticated automatic prohibited bore weapons, following special permission granted by the prime minister.”
It further reports “The retired captain, who was picked up by a Pakistani intelligence agency a day earlier but soon released on the production of valid documents, acquired these licenses for prohibited bore guns for Inter Risk, a company which has the contract to provide trained “security guards” for the Americans”.
Sources privy to the development said 84 licenses were issued with the special approval of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on a personal request from a senior US official who had apprised the prime minister of the need for having a specialized private security team to protect American diplomats in the country. Soon after grant of approval the weapons were imported from the US.
Among the weapons for which special licences were issued include guns of 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibre rifles.
When contacted, a US embassy spokesman confirmed that the embassy was working with the private company, Inter Risk. However, he said that it was Inter Risk which might have imported the weapons, and certainly not the US embassy.
However, he claimed that since the weapons were quite expensive and he was not in a position to buy them on his own, he was provided help by the contracting party in paying for them. [It proves that since US has paid for it, the weapons are of Americans, and they will use these. Inter Risk is just a facilitator and agent]
When asked about the controversy surrounding another foreign security firm, Blackwater or the XE, Capt Zaidi denied any linkage with, or knowledge of, any such company. [I think it is the most ridiculous thing Capt Ziadi has ever said. The CEO of Security Company providing security to US embassy claims to have no knowledge about the world’s largest security firm. LOL]
Dawn reports “The sources said the arrangement was made with a Pakistani security company because local laws do not permit any foreign private security firm to operate within the country or import sophisticated weapons from abroad.” [This confirms that Inter Risk is playing the role of agent for help US embassy to import the Weapon which will target Pakistanis]
Isn’t it bizarre that the Prime Minister of country allows the prohibited weapons to the mercenaries who point these at his own people?