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Breaking News: Pakistani State, POF & Darra Collaboration?

The Pakistani arms manufacturing conglomerate, Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), headquartered in Wah Cantt, Punjab, have come to a historic decision in regards to the arms industry located in the town of Darra Adam Khel in a meeting chaired by the current Government of KPK province, Shah Farman.

Fig 1.1. A gunsmith at work in Darra, assembling and fitting together an a 7.62×39mm AK pattern self-loading rifle clone (Source: Dawn News)

In this meeting with the Governor, assistant to the Chief Minister on Industries & Commerce – Abdul Kareem Khan, POF and other industry officials, explained that they have decided to supply modern hi-tech/state-of-the-art machinery, materials and steel barrel blanks along with training and expertise to the famous gunsmiths in the arms manufacturing town of Darra Adam Khel. The town is located in Kohat District of ex-FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, just a short drive South of Peshawar. This new initiative will to help them access the international commercial arms markets.

Darra Adam Khel is a famous arms manufacturing town and bazar, the residents of which have been producing and trading in arms of various types and designs for over a century. Their work includes copies, clones and their own personal designs also. From the days of old under British rule to the present day, they’ve seen a great many changes in their time in regards to their own ways of doing things. While hand fitting of parts and guns remains an important part of the Darra gunsmiths’ work more modern manufacturing methods have been adopted in recent years. Silah Report have examined their work on a number of occasions.

Fig 1.2. A gunsmith at work in Darra, assembling and fitting together what appears to be a 7.92×57mm AK-pattern self-loading rifle clone (Source: Khyber Armoury research and reference collection)

Although many similar statements by government or military officials have been said over the years, this would be a significant development in modernising the manufacturing processes currently employed within the arms industry of ex-FATA. This will also help bring the talented and highly sought after workmanship of these smiths to those in foreign countries, boosting the flailing industry in Darra, thus keeping it alive for the foreseeable future.

Source: ‘POF promises Darra gunsmiths training, raw material’, Dawn, (source)