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Deweaponization: Second Phase

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Beside a strong will much more is needed to accomplish this most arduous task

From Shamim Ahmed Rizvi,
Islamabad
 May 07 - 13, 2001

The Interior Minister Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Moinuddin Haider, has once again reiterated his government's resolve to cleanse the society of the illegal arms saying that the second phase of the operation plan in this regard will start next month. During the first phase which began in March last the government had stopped issuance of all arms licenses and slammed a ban on the display of weapons which is to continue and further strengththened.

The Minister was talking to newsmen in Islamabad recently after presiding over a high level meeting in which strategy of the second phase of the operation was finalized. The Minister was hesitant to give the details of the operation plan but this correspondent learnt through hi