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Pakistan Reacts Strongly To US Sanctions Over Alleged Links to Commercial Entities in Missile Program

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The spokesperson of the Foreign Office said that Pakistan is not aware of the details of the latest steps of the United States, in the past Pakistan has come across many instances where the lists are made only because of suspicion or even if the involved items not on any control list but considered sensitive under catch-all provisions.

ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News-April 20th2024) The Foreign Office on Saturday took strong exception to the US decision to impose sanctions against commercial entities over allegations related to Pakistan’s ballistic missile program.

In response to media inquiries about the US decision to impose sanctions against commercial entities over allegations of links to Pakistan’s ballistic missile program, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said the such lists of commercial entities have occurred in the past as well as allegations of links to Pakistan. ballistic missile program without sharing any evidence.

He said that although they do not know the details of the latest measures in the United States, in the past they have found many instances where suspect lists have been made or even if the related items not on any control lists but considered. sensitive under catch-all provisions.

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

He said it led to weapons; emphasizing regional asymmetries, and undermining the goals of non-proliferation and regional and global peace and security.

He said that Pakistan has pointed out many times the need to avoid the arbitrary use of export controls and for discussions between the concerned parties for an objective mechanism to avoid wrongful sanctions on technology that is only necessary for socio-economic purposes of development.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that Pakistan is ready to discuss end-use and end-user verification mechanisms so that legitimate commercial users are not harmed by the discriminatory use of export controls. It is well known that the same jurisdictions, which claim strict adherence to non-proliferation controls, have waived licensing requirements for advanced military technologies for some countries.

He said that such discriminatory practices and double standards undermine the credibility of non-proliferation regimes and also the goals of regional and global peace and security by promoting military asymmetries.

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