The Gun Markets of Pakistan


[GUNFIRE] SUROOSH ALVI: We’re
here in Lahore, Pakistan, in the old city. I’m here visiting family. It’s been about three years
since I was in the country. And in that time, the country
has gone through insane amounts of change– truly full of deep
contradictions. On the one hand, you’ve got this
progressive side of the population. They’re organizing
fashion weeks. They’re partying. And you’ve got this liberal
media explosion happening in this country. And they’re operating uncensored
by the government. On the other side, you
got the Taliban. They’ve been infiltrating the
entire country, attacking police stations and government
buildings in a recent wave of violence. It’s now escalated into a
full-fledged battle with the Pakistani Army fighting the
Taliban in the tribal areas near the Afghan border. We travelled to this area three
years ago when we wanted to visit a massive illegal arms
market believed to be a source of weapons
for the Taliban. It’s been called the most
dangerous place in the world and is now basically closed
outside of the journalists. So I asked my mom to
call her buddy. He is the chief secretary of
the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan. With his help, we got our
own private militia. And they made sure we wouldn’t
get kidnapped or killed. SUROOSH ALVI: Naeem, who is
our host, is part of the Afridi tribe. He is born and raised there,
now works as a protocol officer for the government. He put them together for us. He got us through, dealt with a
huge amount of bureaucracy, and got the militia
to cover us as we went through the market. Is this loaded? NAEEM AFRIDI: Yes, this is
loaded, but they’re locked. SUROOSH ALVI: They locked it. Where’s the lock? SUROOSH ALVI: It’s the most
historic pass in the history of the world. The Aryans came through. The Mongols came through. The British Army came through
and got destroyed– special place. SUROOSH ALVI: Thanks, buddy. [PARADE MUSIC] SUROOSH ALVI: He’s the founder
of the heroin trade. SUROOSH ALVI: The concept? SUROOSH ALVI: Of what? SUROOSH ALVI: It’s a very
special Italian hat. NAEEM AFRIDI: I will
try my best to– SUROOSH ALVI: Oh god. No. After Khyber, we went
into Darra. That’s where the
arms market is. So when you were explaining to
the officials what we wanted to do, the old man started
laughing when you said we wanted to shoot guns and
maybe buy some guns. I think he liked that idea. SUROOSH ALVI: He liked
that idea. SUROOSH ALVI: He was laughed. SUROOSH ALVI: This is definitely
the largest illegal arms market in the world. There is another one
in Pakistan. It’s not quite as big. And the story is that during
the ’80s, the Soviet-Afghan war was happening. All the scrap metal from all the
broken-down tanks and guns they would find, they would
bring it back over and then replicate the firearms. SUROOSH ALVI: So in the whole
town, they’re making 1,000 guns a day here. And they’ve been doing
that for 70 years. That’s a lot of guns. So this guy is making
9-millimeter pistols with his bare hands. The guy who’s making
it is deaf. It’s a Mauser but says
“Made as China by Norinco.” [GRUNTING] SUROOSH ALVI: This
is the cartridge. He has no tongue. 3,050 rupees? We’re hearing lots of guns
being shot around us. And they’re just checking to
make sure that the guns work. They’re doing it
with live ammo. What I’m wondering is, they
shoot it up in the air, where do the bullets fall? SUROOSH ALVI: It’s time
we go gun shopping. This is an Italian machine. This is like a Kalashnikov? MALE SPEAKER: Kalakov. SUROOSH ALVI: Kalakov. It says it’s a Muzzelite. I think we can do some
damage with this. The original Khyber rifle– so in 1857, the British gave the
Afghanis 10,000 of these. I don’t even know how
to cock this thing. Where do you put
the bullet in? [INTERPOSING VOICES] SUROOSH ALVI: The musket? The musket is where
you put it in. MALE SPEAKER: Nazi gun. German. SUROOSH ALVI: Germany. World War II, Nazi gun– pure evil in my hand. MALE SPEAKER: Suroosh,
now we are going into the shooting area. Yes? Let’s go. SUROOSH ALVI: Bullet. So we were wondering, were
they following me? MALE SPEAKER: They’re not
going far from us. SUROOSH ALVI: If not, I’m
going to keep it. NAEEM AFRIDI: Yes, keep it. SUROOSH ALVI: You got
to be kidding. This is the shooting area? We just had lunch downstairs. NAEEM AFRIDI: Yes. SUROOSH ALVI: All right. Let’s do this. I’m shooting the enemies
in the hills. I’ve never done this before. It’s a Kalashnikov. And we’re kind of nervous. I see my target. [GUNFIRE] EDDY MORETTI:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [GUNFIRE] SUROOSH ALVI: America thought
that by sending in troops to Afghanistan and the Pakistani
Army into the tribal areas, they’d to be able to squash
the Taliban uprising. They were wrong. The people we saw
live in caves. They work in insane
conditions. They have no tongues. They make guns with
their bare hands. We’re done. We succeeded our mission. We came to Darra. And we bought guns. We shot them. We saw how it all happens. If you come here, you got to
make sure you look the part. And you’ve got to have
a guy like Naeem to make it all happen. SUROOSH ALVI: And
one last thing– NAEEM AFRIDI: Goodbye
to the gun. SUROOSH ALVI: –Pakistan
Zindabad. Three years ago, when we filmed
in Darra, after we left, the government basically
shut it down. They shut it down to outsiders
and journalists because the Pakistani Army was in there
fighting the Taliban. And right now, between the
Pakistani Army and the US troops on the border, the
Taliban inside the tribal areas, it’s essentially
a powder keg that’s ready to blow. The military expert that we
know, he described the situation as the wickedest
problem you could possibly imagine. [FOREIGN LANGUAGE].

100 thoughts on “The Gun Markets of Pakistan

  1. jab sandwiches se zyada guns price cheap hu jay tu os qom ka yahe hal hota hai .meray ham watno
    pata nahe kinti Maoon ke bachay is dunya mn yahe rhay
    guns choro apnay future ke fikkar karo
    pakistan zindabad
    pak army zindabad
    kpk payendabad

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  3. The fun fact is that there's a bank there! Right among all these gun shops. Anyone could get some arms and bust in there to rob it LOL

  4. Their cricket team must be engaged at that market, hope they can do something better there than the cricket ground.

  5. How come almost every video vice make on supposedly evil sortable scenarios, not long after they always seem to have justice? Coincidence? I think not

  6. What you say about Pakistan has a lot of false I am from pk we are better people than you if you disagree go f yourself cause if you don’t I will show you the worst of your county I love pk

  7. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a Phd in Islamic & Quranic studies hence ISIS never did anything that was not Islamic.
    "Islamic Republic of Pakistan" was founded as an Islamic country and is a pure Islamic country, hence they also don't do anything that is not as per Islam.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Bangladesh_genocide
    (During the nine-month-long Bangladesh War for Liberation, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed between 300,000 and 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Hindus
    (The butchers mentioned are Pakistan's heroes)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exodus_of_Kashmiri_Hindus
    (The Hindus of the Kashmir Valley, were forced to flee the Kashmir valley as a result of being targeted by JKLF and Islamist insurgents during late 1989 and early 1990. Of the approximately 300,000 to 600,000 Hindus living in the Kashmir Valley in 1990 only 2,000–3,000 remain there in 2016)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_discrimination_in_Pakistan
    (Khawaja Nazimuddin, the 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, stated: "I do not agree that religion is a private affair of the individual nor do I agree that in an Islamic state every citizen has identical rights, no matter what his caste, creed or faith be")

    https://www.dawn.com/news/672000
    (Text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities, while most teachers view non-Muslims as ''enemies of Islam)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_in_Pakistan
    (Among countries with a Muslim majority, Pakistan has the strictest anti-blasphemy laws. The first purpose of those laws is to protect Islamic authority. By the constitution (Article 2), Islam is the state religion. By the constitution's Article 31, it is the country's duty to foster the Islamic way of life)

    http://www.fatf-gafi.org/countries/n-r/pakistan/documents/mer-pakistan-2019.html
    https://time.com/5700577/pakistan-blacklisting-terrorism-financing/
    (The FATF report says Pakistan has fully implemented only one item from a list of 40 measures that the country should be taking to curb terrorist financing and money laundering. The other 39 measures were either partially implemented or in some cases overlooked entirely.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_and_state-sponsored_terrorism
    (Daniel Byman, an author, also wrote that "Pakistan is probably 2008's most active sponsor of terrorism".In 2018, former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif suggested that the Pakistani government played a role in the 2008 Mumbai attack.In July 2019, reigning Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on his official visit to the United States claimed the presence of 30000-40000 armed terrorists in the country. He further stated that previous governments were hiding this truth particularly from the US in the last 15 years)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaish-e-Mohammed
    (Masood Azhar, it's founder is a Pakistani hero & inspiration for millions. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is said to have created Jaish-e-Mohammed by working with several Deobandi terrorists associated with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. It also maintained close relations with Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawood_Ibrahim
    (Dawood has masterminded the March 1993 bombings in Bombay, he is a Mumbai underworld, criminal mobster and drug dealer most wanted by India with a reward of $25 million over his head, and has been wanted since 1994. In 2006, Ibrahim's daughter, Mahrukh Ibrahim, married Junaid Miandad, the son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad. In 2011, his daughter Mehreen, 24, married Ayub, a Pakistani-American.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-Services_Intelligence_activities_in_Afghanistan

    https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/09/26/christian-girls-are-being-kidnapped-and-forced-to-convert-pakistan-archbishop-warns/
    (Research in Pakistan’s Punjab Province says that up to 700 girls were abducted in one year)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Ahmadis

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_disappearance_in_Pakistan

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Establishment_(Pakistan)
    (Pakistan's deep state)

    https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/pakistani-army-moves-into-the-oil-business/
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/21/poor-nation-rich-army/
    (Pakistan army's $100 billion business empire)

  8. Taliban has my respect. I feel bad for the US troops though. They should step out, it's really none of their business.

  9. Some one should tell this guy the butt goes in the shoulder! Its not a hard concept to work out on your own, or pick up from seeing it in a movie….. etc etc etc

  10. Darra adam khel Is my homeland some news about darra adam khel is fake there is many collages and now the work of guns is about too because our new generation is interested in education

  11. the 36 dollar gun just shows you how rich and powerful americans are. a poor american is rich compared to most of the world. we pay more for things simply because we can afford to pay more. If you want to know the true value of things go to a poor country.

  12. Allhamdulillah
    Allhamdulillah
    Allhamdulillah
    The time has been changed … Pakistan is Safe for anyone … Thanks to our Army ..Thanks to oyr agencies… thanks to our soldiers ..and thanks to all my Pakistani citizens coz we've sacrificed 100k people in this war against terrorism ..we've lost $100b in this war but now Allhamdulillah everything is fine …

  13. Pakistan people look at this fact…check ur country people are terrorist or not…that depends on ur heart soul….
    Worst people in the world are from Pakistan only…

  14. I am from Fata We Are Not Terorist We Are against taliban Thats Why every single person Have has own guns😆 Kabhi Aona Peshawar Khusbo Laga ki❤😛Also Us Is Terorist Country🖕

  15. "Pakistan Zindabad!," yet they forgot Pakistan is a country created by the British. Lines drawn on a map to divide Hindustan. Nationalism is a larger form of tribalism, something that is against Islamic teaching of brotherhood between believers. A Muslim is a brother or sister to one another no matter what national background.

  16. looks at the magazine
    "thats the cartrige"
    you moron, its called a magazine. can we please have reporters who know about what they're reporting?

  17. I'm from somali ilv you countries of Muslim allhu akbar 🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴❤❤

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