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Pakistan once again refutes claims of arms sale to Ukraine

Pakistan on Nov 16 once again asserted it has not sold arms to Ukraine or Russia, refuting claims made by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in its recently published investigation.

Addressing the Foreign Office’s weekly media briefing today, spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, said: “We are not even in a position to tell which side is using which weapon in this conflict.”

She added that the arms sold by Pakistan to anyone have an end-user certificate.

Earlier this week, BBC Urdu claimed to be in possession of documents that purportedly show Pakistan’s arms sale to Ukraine, an allegation that the Pakistani government has been consistently rejecting.

In its report, BBC Urdu stated that the former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa addressed the passing-out parade of the British Royal Military Academy on August 12, 2022. As he saw the Pak-UK relations touching “historic heights”, a British military cargo plane landed at PAF Base Nur Khan in Rawalpindi. In future, the plane would land at the same base for five times.

The report says that each time, the plane flew from Nur Khan Airbase to the British military base in Cyprus, Akrotiri, and then to Romania, at a time when Russia was waging war in Romania’s neighbouring country, Ukraine.

Meanwhile, during the presser, the spokesperson informed about a meeting being currently held between Pakistan and Russia to prevent counter-terrorism. “Additional Secretary Haider Shah is leading the delegation from Pakistan.”

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