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Pakistan

Pakistan rejects US move to sanction firms for allegedly aiding its missile programme

  • FO says Pakistan has been ready to discuss end-use and end-user verification mechanisms
Published April 20, 2024

The Foreign Office (FO) Saturday rejected the United States’ decision to impose sanctions against commercial entities on allegations of links with Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme.

In response to media queries regarding the US decision to impose sanctions against commercial entities on allegations of links with Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said such listings of commercial entities have taken place in the past as well on allegations of links to Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme without sharing any evidence whatsoever.

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She said while we are not aware of the specifics of the latest measures by the United States, in the past we have come across many instances where listings have been made on mere suspicion or even when the involved items were not on any control lists but were deemed sensitive under catch-all provisions.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan rejects political use of export controls. It is a reality that the same jurisdictions, which claim to exercise strict non-proliferation controls, have waived off licensing requirements for advanced military technologies for some countries.

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She said this is leading to arms buildup; accentuating regional asymmetries, and undermining the objectives of non-proliferation and regional, and global peace and security.

She said Pakistan has pointed out many times the need to avoid arbitrary application of export controls and for discussions between concerned parties for an objective mechanism to avoid erroneous sanctions on the technology needed purely for socio-economic development pursuits.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan has been ready to discuss end-use and end-user verification mechanisms so that legitimate commercial users are not hurt by discriminatory application of export controls.

It is well known that the same jurisdictions, that claim strict adherence to non-proliferation controls, have waived off licensing requirements for advanced military technologies for some countries.

She said such discriminatory approaches and double standards are undermining the credibility of non-proliferation regimes and also the objectives of regional and global peace and security by accentuating military asymmetries.

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Make in Pakistan Apr 20, 2024 08:18pm
It would be a shame if this is true - the technology is well documented and we should be making these parts in-house instead of sourcing even if these means reverse engineering.
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KU Apr 20, 2024 08:55pm
This is exactly why US commitment to help our economy was questionable in the first place. We have to walk their talk, and our present leadership will do it happily. US comes first, Pakistan may be...
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