January 8, 2015 -
Police in Balochistan, Pakistan are planning on installing a biometrics system at its arsenal depot to more effectively monitor the issuance of arms and ammunition, said Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Abdul Razaq Cheema, according to a report by the Daily Times.
Cheema said the police department is planning on installing the biometric system to protect the arms and ammunition from being sold to arm dealers, as well as to ensure that the weapons are away from dangerous parties.
Though no further details have been released about the planned biometric system, the Pakistan government has posted a tender notice for the proposed services (Reference no. 25387724).
The move comes a few days after the arrest of several law enforcement officials deployed at Balochistan Constabulary’s arsenal depot in connection to selling 750,000 SMG rounds and other weapons in Quetta between 2011 and 2014.
The suspects set fire to the arsenal depot in an effort to eliminate any possible evidence of the robbery.
“The incident of stealing and selling rounds of SMGs is deplorable, and any officials or personnel of police found guilty would not be spared and to be dealt with in accordance with the law,” said the CCPO.