Article 256: 5-year imprisonment on the formation of Private Military Organizations

Pakistan was as of 2018, the tenth-largest arms importer in the world.

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  • According to the constitution, there is no right to own guns and Article 256 even forbids having private organizations.
  • Pakistan is dealing with major problems like illegal guns and military organizations’ but no one wants to talk about it.

Private Military

The armed forces relist the exclusiveness in their functioning, and the constitution can imprison private military organizations that are capable of acting as a military organization in Article 256.

Pakistan was as of 2018, the tenth-largest arms importer in the world. We are flooded in guns because the laws are sloppy and slack, our culture allows, and the border is pervious.

Private Military

It should not be like that: according to the constitution, there is no right to own guns and Article 256 even forbids having private military organizations.

Sardonically, police and ruling class have never accepted this law. It only happens in Pakistan that the lives of many individuals are linked with the fate of some criminals.

In the past, many governments promised to issue arms licenses to lawyers, traders, and political parties. However, issue thousands of bore licenses to MNAs alone.

Even no help from provinces was seen to address this issue.

Pakistan is dealing with some major problems like illegal guns and military organizations but no one wants to talk about it. According to the NAP, if any organization other than the state institutions constitutes a uniformed force, it is a crime.

Article 256: Private armies forbidden

No private organization capable of functioning as a military organization shall be formed, and any such organization shall be illegal.

Power to declare illegal
  • “If the Federal Government is satisfied that any private organization is capable of functioning as a military organization in violation of the prohibition in Article 256 of the Constitution, the Federal Government may, by notification published in the official Gazette, direct that the organization shall stand abolished forthwith”.
  • “Every such notification shall specify the grounds on which it is issue”.
5-year imprisonment
  • “Forms, organizes, trains or equips a private organization capable of functioning as a military organization, or is a member or adherent, or takes part in the activi­ties, of any such organization; or
  • is a member or adherent, or takes part in the activities, of any organization in respect of which a notification under section 2 has been issued; shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine”.

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  • اسلام میں اگر کوئی فساد ہے تو تم سب دیکھ لو

    مولوی لوگ حقیقت میں اسلام کے سب سے بڑے دشمن ہیں۔

    یہ اسلام کے اندر پلتے ہوئے سانپ ہیں

  • right time to decide it , weather we are to remain, a scared cow, and blackmailed by these extremist, or to settle it with them once for all, if these people want to live in caves, they can, but can’t be allowed to drag the other with them.

  • things are moving in right direction, FATA, was not under the law of the state, now it’s a part, this are was a hide out the criminals like F
    now with that and sealing the border with Afghanistan, these terrorist and their supporters,are desperate, like MQM in karachi, they are no more a threat, one light operation,they are no more.

  • That is one of the reasons why its called a failed state….because you can ** get away with murder** if you have the power & influence..

  • Get rid of Article 256, it was probably put in place to keep the establishment in power for ever. It is also unIslamic as every Muslim has a right to keep and bear arms. Unarmed people can be enslaved, armed people can never be enslaved. The reason Muslims are suffering in Kashmir, Palestine, Burma and all over the world is because we let our selves be disarmed. One of the reasons the U.S. is the most powerful countries in the world is because any man can be a tiger, any normal person can own an ‘assault weapon’. Living in America, I have the full ability to protect myself with modern weapons better than what the SSG has. I trust the people of Pakistan with guns more than I trust the Pakistani authorities with guns. All the people of Pakistan should practice their god given rights and ignore unnatural laws. The country’s constitution is flawed to the core, thats why no one follows it. Its also against he constitution to launch a coup.. and how many of those have we had? If the people at the top won’t comply, why should the common man.

  • “One of the reasons the U.S. is the most powerful countries in the world is because any man can be a tiger, any normal person can own an ‘assault weapon’. Living in America, I have the full ability to protect myself with modern weapons better than what the SSG has”

    That is delusional at best, you can own a gun pretty much, assault weapons are on the way out. You think we can give such weapons to every Pakistani and expect nothing but love? People will be using such weapons against each other to settle petty fights and arguments!

  • “Assault Weapons” will never be on the way out, the Gun lobby in the USA is strong and we fight back politically. 2nd, thanks to modern technology and 3D printers, most anyone can maufacture guns at home.. remember, America is a modern and very innovative state, the people of Pakistan couldn’t even imagine the things Americans create every year. Freedom breeds creativity. Ofcourse there are background checks and licencing to ensure criminals and insane don’t get guns. But once cleared, the right to own weapons is a God given right. The point is that if a nation does not trust its own people with guns, then that nation is lost and probably oppressive. One of the main reasons Muslims are oppressed everywhere from Burma, to Kashmir to Gaza is because we gave up our right to own firearms. And when that happens, enslavement awaits. The petty fights and arguments lead to shootouts in Pakistan because there is a lack of justice or access to courts. When people can’t rely on due process of courts, then they will turn to violence, with or without guns.

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