In one case, Germany sent 10,000 small weapons to Afghanistan. Half of them have disappeared. This is a classic way of supporting insurgencies without being caught. German investigators can never accuse German intelligence of crossing the NATO mandate and helping CIA in extracurricular activities. The Americans are good at dismissing their double actions in Afghanistan as conspiracy theories. Here is a brief, detailed and sourced account of what types of foreign-origin sophisticated weapons are in use against the Pakistani military. A ragtag army of criminals, throat-slitters and mercenaries could never have faced one of the world’s largest organized armies if not for outside sophisticated support.
By Akhtar Jamal
Wednesday, 21 October 2009.
ISLAMABAD – Reports reaching here confirm that hundreds of militants from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or the so and other associated groups are equipped with most sophisticated American, Indian and German weapons.
According to a survey the weapons in the possession of these militants included U.S. made M249 automatic machine guns, U.S.-made Glock pistols, Indian hand guns, FN Browning GP35 9mmx19mm, Indian automatic machine pistols GLOCK 17 9mmx19mm, Indian machine guns Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9mmx19mm, Indian made Sterling L2A1 sub machine guns, Israeli licenced Indian made UZI 9mmx19mm sub machine guns and German Walther-P1 pistols. [CONTINUED BELOW]
Weapons Used By -Foreign-Funded TTP Terrorists Against Pakistan
[Left to right] a model of Israeli licenced Indian made UZI 9mmx19mm sub machine guns and German Walther-P1 pistols
During Swat operation, a number of the Indian army used Vickers-Berthier (VB) light machine guns were also recovered. The recovery of Indian designed weapons were not astonishing for Pakistan But what was more surprising for Pakistani officials is that the U.S. and German weapons were recently introduced in the Waziristan area.
German sources today confirmed that thousand of German guns are being sold illegally on Afghan, Pakistan black markets. The German guns were sent to Afghanistan for police and army via a U.S. agency.
The weapons were sent in 2006 and were intended for local police and army personnel.
According to the latest reports in 2006, the German Defense Ministry shipped 10,000 old Walther-P1 pistols to the Afghan Interior Ministry to equip Afghan police and army.
However, both the German government and the responsible US-led security team in Afghanistan failed to properly monitor the guns’ distribution and use. The U.S. unit was quoted by a German source as saying that “it only had detailed records of German Walther-P1 pistols, numbering 4,563 pistols out of a total 10,000.” It is believed that German officials failed to pursue the investigation in Afghanistan due to non-cooperation from the Afghan Government.
In February this year, CNN has reported that more than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are “missing.”
On February 12, 2009, CNN had quoted a U.S. Government Accountability Office report as saying that the U.S. military failed to “maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — or about 36 percent — of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008.”
The report elaborated that the U.S. military “is unable to provide serial numbers for 46,000 of the missing 87,000 weapons” and that “no records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the other 41,000 weapons.”
Mr. Akhtar Jamal is a senior journalist and founder editor of the independent PPA News Agency. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org