Pakistan Strongly Reacts To US Sanctions Over Commercial Entities’ Alleged Links With Missile Programme

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Pakistan strongly reacts to US sanctions over commercial entities’ alleged links with missile programme

Foreign Office Spokesperson says Pakistan is not aware of the specifics of the latest measures by the United States, in the past Pakistan had come across many instances where listings were made on mere suspicion or even when the involved items were not on any control lists but were deemed sensitive under catch-all provisions.

ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-April 20th, 2024) Foreign Office on Saturday took strong exception to the US 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 took place in the past as well on allegations of links to Pakistan's ballistic missile programme without sharing any evidence whatsoever.

She said while they are not aware of the specifics of the latest measures by the United States, in the past they had come across many instances where listings were 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. She said this is leading to arms buildup; accentuating regional asymmetries, and undermining the objectives of non-proliferation and of regional and global peace and security.

She said Pakistan has pointed out many times need to avoid arbitrary application of export controls and for discussions between concerned parties for an objective mechanism to avoid erroneous sanctions on 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, which 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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