The FO says that he is not in a position to tell which side is using which weapon in this conflict.
- FO says that Pakistan is not aware which side is using which weapon.
- “The weapons sold by Pakistan have an end user certificate,” says Baloch.
- FO says TTP is in touch with illegal residents in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Refuting claims made in a recently published investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Pakistan once again said on Thursday that it has not sold arms to Ukraine or Russia.
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.”
He said weapons sold by Pakistan to anyone have an end user certificate.
earlier this week, bbc urdu It is claimed that they possess documents that allegedly show arms sales by Pakistan to Ukraine, an allegation that the Pakistani government has consistently denied.
In his report, bbc urdu Former Army Chief General (Retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa was said to have addressed the passing-out parade of the British Royal Military Academy on August 12, 2022. As he witnessed Pak-UK relations touching “historic heights”, a British military cargo plane landed at PAF Base Noor Khan in Rawalpindi. In future the aircraft will land at the same base five times.
The report said that each time the plane flew from Noor Khan airbase to the British military base Akrotiri in Cyprus and then to Romania, at a time when Russia was fighting a war in Romania’s neighboring country Ukraine.
Meanwhile, during the press conference, the spokesperson informed about the ongoing meeting between Pakistan and Russia to deal with terrorism. “Additional Secretary Haider Shah is leading the Pakistan delegation.”
Pakistan says TTP in touch with “illegal residents”
Based on intelligence related to the case, the FO said that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is in touch with illegal residents in Pakistan.
The spokesperson also talked about Pakistan repeatedly asking the Afghan interim administration to take action against TTP targets in its territory, which he said are used for attacks on Pakistan.
“We have asked Afghanistan to take action against these targets,” Baloch said.
Last week on 8 November, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar ul Haq Kakkar asked the Afghan government to take action against TTP bases and training centers in Afghanistan, and urged them to ensure that “they are not used against Pakistan “.
Asked whether Pakistan itself would take action against these targets in Afghanistan, Kakar said, “We hope they will.” [Afghan government] We will take action ourselves, which is in their interest as well as our interest.”
Islamabad calls on international community for Gaza ceasefire
Baloch summarized Pakistan’s presence at the joint extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Riyadh on November 11, during which PM Kakar condemned the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza.
“The acting prime minister called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people,” he said.
The spokesperson said the Prime Minister, in his meeting with OIC members, stressed on the resolution of the Palestine issue as per UN resolutions.
Baloch said Pakistan welcomes the OIC-Arab League joint summit declaration. “We call on the international community to stop Israeli attacks on hospitals in Gaza.”
Baloch also revealed that Pakistan has been elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the year 2027 and it aims to establish connectivity in all regions.