US sanctions: Pakistan rubbishes ‘political use’ of export control

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ISLAMABAD, APR 20: Following the US decision to impose sanctions against commercial entities allegedly having links to Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme, the Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday rejected the “political use” of export control.

Addressing a press briefing, FO 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.”

She said that Islamabad was not aware of the specifics of the latest measures by the US, adding that in the past they have come across many instances where listings have been made on mere suspicion or even when the involved items were not under any control lists but were deemed sensitive under catch-all provisions.